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Scalia on Sodomy and the Constitution


Back when the Constitution was being drafted, there was no way to account for modern issues like abortion or sodomy, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said on Tuesday.

On the concept of interpreting the Constitution, Scalia said he embraces the school of thought that the document should be interpreted as its authors intended.

"My burden is not to show that originalism is perfect but to show that it beats the other available alternatives," Scalia said according to the Associated Press. "Did any provision of the Constitution guarantee a right to abortion? No one thought so for almost two centuries after the founding. Did any provision in the Constitution guarantee a right to homosexual sodomy? Same answer."

Scalia was delivering a keynote address at the Ohio State University School of Law.

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