U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin
Scalia on Tuesday criticized this summer's ruling striking down gay
marriage bans in all 50 states.
Scalia, the longest-serving member of
the Supreme Court, made his remarks at Rhodes College, where he
delivered a lecture on Constitution Day.
In his speech, Scalia lashed out at
judges who consider the constitution a “living” document.
“They're not adhering to the text,
they're operating as policy makers,” Scalia is quoted as saying by
the AP. “They're not interpreting the constitution. They're
writing one, they're revising one.”
On the high court's landmark ruling,
Scalia said it was “the furthest imaginable extension of the
Supreme Court doing whatever it wants.”
“Saying that the constitution
requires that practice, which is contrary to the religious beliefs of
many of our citizens, I don't know how you can get more extreme than
that,” Scalia said. “I worry about a court that's headed in that
Scalia was among the four justices who
dissented from the majority in June's ruling.