Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
said on Wednesday that he has yet to weigh in on the
constitutionality of gay marriage itself.
In a scathing dissent from a June
decision by the court, Scalia criticized the court's majority for
knocking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibited
the federal government from recognizing the legal marriages of gay
and lesbian couples.
“I haven't expressed my view about
gay marriage,” Scalia is quoted as saying by Reuters during a
speech delivered at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.
“The issue in the DOMA case was not
whether the Constitution requires states to allow gay marriage. That
was not the question at all. The question is whether Congress can
define marriage in all of the statues that Congress enacted to mean
only marriage between a man and a woman.”
Scalia, who has previously said that he
applies the words in the U.S. Constitution as they were understood by
its authors, conceded that the issue could return to the court.
“I'm waiting for the second shoe to
drop,” he said.
Bader Ginsburg officiates over second wedding of a gay couple.)