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Justice Scalia Talks Constitution at UC Hastings Appearance

The Constitution’s equal-protection clause should not apply to women’s rights or to other safeguards against discrimination, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students.

Speaking at UC Hastings School of Law, Scalia discussed legal theories that could come into play if the court battle over same-sex marriage reaches the high court. The equal-protection clause, part of the 14th Amendment, was a response to slavery and should not be updated for modern issues, the associate justice said.

Although he did not discuss same-sex marriage, Scalia said he is an “originalist” and does not believe the Constitution should be interpreted based on current societal opinions.

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