Opponents of gay marriage are “enemies of the human race” per Supreme Court

National Journal
By Tim Grieve
Updated: June 26, 2013 | 1:33 p.m.
June 26, 2013 | 10:15 a.m.

Dissenting from this morning’s opinion on the Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Antonin Scalia – as expected – holds nothing back.

In a ripping dissent, Scalia says that Justice Anthony Kennedy and his colleagues in the majority have resorted to calling opponents of gay marriage “enemies of the human race.”

But to defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements, any more than to defend the Constitution of the United States is to con- demn, demean, or humiliate other constitutions. To hurl such accusations so casually demeans this institution. In the majority’s judgment, any resistance to its holding is beyond the pale of reasoned disagreement. To question its high-handed invalidation of a presumptively valid statute is to act (the majority is sure) with the purpose to “dis- parage,” “injure,” “degrade,” “demean,” and “humiliate” our fellow human beings, our fellow citizens, who are homo- sexual. All that, simply for supporting an Act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence— indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race.

Scalia says that the court’s holding – while limited to the Defense of Marriage Act – is a sure sign that the majority is willing to declare gay marriage a constitutional right.

It takes real cheek for today’s majority to assure us, as it is going out the door, that a constitutional requirement to give formal recognition to same-sex marriage is not at issue here—when what has preceded that assurance is a lecture on how superior the majority’s moral judgment in favor of same-sex marriage is to the Congress’s hateful moral judgment against it. I promise you this: The only thing that will “confine” the Court’s holding is its sense of what it can get away with.

And, he says, the holding will short circuit the debate over gay marriage that should have been carried out in the states.

In the majority’s telling, this story is black-and-white: Hate your neighbor or come along with us. The truth is more complicated. It is hard to admit that one’s political opponents are not monsters, especially in a struggle like this one, and the challenge in the end proves more than today’s Court can handle. Too bad. A reminder that disagreement over something so fundamental as marriage can still be politically legitimate would have been a fit task for what in earlier times was called the judicial temperament. We might have covered ourselves with honor today, by promising all sides of this debate that it was theirs to settle and that we would respect their resolution. We might have let the People decide.

But that the majority will not do. Some will rejoice in today’s decision, and some will despair at it; that is the nature of a controversy that matters so much to so many. But the Court has cheated both sides, robbing the winners of an honest victory, and the losers of the peace that comes from a fair defeat. We owed both of them better. I dissent.

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4 comments on “Opponents of gay marriage are “enemies of the human race” per Supreme Court

  1. “Opponents of gay marriage are “enemies of the human race” per Supreme Court”

    Proponents of “homo marriage” are enemies of the human race, per JESUS CHRIST!

    There I fixed it for you, Supreme Court.

  2. Opponents of ALL liberal positions on all issues are enemies of the human race. Give the majority credit for honesty.

  3. On a related note, the next step in babies is fast approaching.


    We’ll be “enemies of the human race” for this, too, I’m sure.

    These people have no idea what they’re doing messing with creation like this.

  4. Test anything by taking it’s concept to the extremes:

    If the entire world was 100% homosexual then by the end of that generation mankind would become extinct!

    Who then is against the Human Race and who is not? Homosexuality is worse than genocide. Homosexuality truly is homicidal in practice.

    Hate the sin, love the sinner. I do love them and that is why I wish them to change back to what is natural before God. If only they knew what real love is instead of the substitute for real love that robs love from them as all sin does… .

    It is like the thirsty drinking a parching poison to quench their thirst and complaining don’t take it away from us least we die of thirst.

    ‘if you loved us you would accept us’ They say. It is because we love you that we don’t want you harmed by such a false hope. Those who were reprobate friends on earth hate each other with an indescribable hatred in Hell for having contributed to their getting to Hell. There is a Purgatory and a Hell. By the grace of God I have seen it , I have been there. No one having seen it would wish even the greatest of sinners to go there for all eternity. That is why I am against homosexuality, that false gain is not worth the infinite loss of Real Love that is fiat to God. that is what all men really are craving & seeking… many just don’t know it. it is not possible that anything else will ever truely saticfy. We are created for God and not for ourselves… in living for self or anything other than God is the loneliness to be found.

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