[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text](WND) – The most dramatic moment in a historic case before the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage Tuesday morning came after the first attorney had wrapped up her argument.
“Gay marriage is an abomination in the eyes of God,” suddenly screamed a protester in the courtroom.
After continuing his protest, the man was escorted from the court room.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Justice Antonin Scalia quipped, “That was refreshing, actually,” causing loud laughter to ripple through the courtroom.
Scalia’s approval of ancient wisdom echoed his previous referral to the ancient Greeks and Romans to make an argument against government sanctioning of same-sex marriage.
The justice noted the Greeks and Romans had no moral disapproval of homosexual relations, yet neither culture ever considered approving same-sex marriage. The implication was that those cultures must have found it would cause some sort of harm to society.
Scalia used the same example to indicate that modern state laws defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman were not motivated by dislike of, or discrimination against, gays.
He asked attorney Mary Bonauto, who argued in favor of same-sex marriage, if it were true that same-sex relationships but not marriages were sanctioned by those cultures.
When she said yes, Scalia continued, “So their exclusion of same-sex marriage was not due to prejudice, right?” Adding, unless she considered Plato prejudiced.
Bonauto replied she could not speak for ancient philosophers but was immediately cut off by liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, who, perhaps surprisingly, picked up the conservative Scalia’s line of argument.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Breyer noted heterosexual marriage has been the law everywhere for thousands of years, and suddenly Bonauto was asking immediate change.
“Why can’t these states wait and see” if the other states’ experiments in gay marriage leads to harm?
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