Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said judges are much too activist, are deviating from their rightful roles and are spending too much time arbitrating moral issues — such as gay marriage.
He made the comments as a buildup to pushing his legal view of “originalism” as best — the concept of applying constitutional interpretation as the Founding Fathers would have intended and not considering the Constitution as a living, breathing document.
“Non-originalist judges say, ‘We agonize a lot.’ I don’t agonize a lot. Should there be a right to this or that? That’s not my job,” he said at a Monday lecture at Georgetown University Law Center, The Hill reported.
He said specifically that judges were crossing the line when it came to deciding matters of abortion and gay rights. Lawyers, in particular, are at fault, Justice Scalia said.
“[Lawyers] are not trained to be moral philosophers, which is what it takes to determine whether there should be, and hence is, a right to …