SCOTUS gay rights decisions could be cited by child molesters, Scalia says
Justice Antonin Scalia told Georgetown University law students on Monday that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions protecting gay rights could be cited by child molesters who seek constitutional protection.
Scalia said the decisions were not based on the text of the Constitution and judges shouldn’t be making the decisions on who deserves protection, report the New York Times and the National Law Journal (sub. req.). “What? It’s up to me to identify deserving minorities?” he said.
“What about pederasts? What about child abusers?” he asked.
“This is a deserving minority,” he said. “Nobody loves them.”
Scalia also expressed disapproval of proposals to allow law grads to graduate in just two years, according to the National Law Journal account. He said the scope of the law has expanded over the years and, “If you want to be a lawyer, you have to be learned in the law.”
He also advised students to take basic courses rather than easy electives. “I never took an IP course,” he said. “God, I miss that.”