Scalia: You Don't Know My Stance on Marriage Equality

Conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia claims he has never publicly asserted his personal feelings on gay rights.

BY Michelle Garcia

January 29 2013 3:10 PM ET

Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia has typically been clear when it comes to his legal interpretations of the constitutionality of gay rights. But now the conservative justice claims that he has never expressed his personal views on gay marriage or gun control in public or in his rulings.

At an event at Southern Methodist University, Scalia said a crucial part of his post as Supreme Court justice is reaching decisions, even if they contradict one's personal beliefs.

"The judge who always likes the results he reaches is a bad judge," he said, according to The Dallas Morning News.

When SMU professor Bryan A. Garner asserted that he and Scalia differed on certain issues, such as gun control and marriage equality, Scalia countered that Garner's assertion may not necessarily be true.

"I haven't expressed my views on either of those," he said. "You're a bleeding heart."

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on two marriage equality cases this spring.

In the past, Scalia has said sodomy, the death penalty, and abortion are "easy" to rule on. He has also repeatedly said that the U.S. Constitution is "dead, dead, dead," so gay rights aren't protected by the document, since homosexuality was not addressed when the Constitution was drafted in the 18th century.

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