Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday blasted the court’s June ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, describing the decision as “extreme,” according to the Associated Press.
During a speech at Rhodes College in Tennessee, Scalia said the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage was “the furthest imaginable extension of the Supreme Court doing whatever it wants.”
“Saying that the Constitution requires that practice, which is contrary to the religious beliefs of many of our citizens, I don’t know how you can get more extreme than that,” Scalia said, according to the AP. “I worry about a Court that’s headed in that direction.”
He added that Americans should be concerned that some Supreme Court justices “are making a new Constitution.”
Scalia criticized judges who think of the Constitution as a “living” document.
“They’re not adhering to the text, they’re operating as policy makers,” he said, according to the AP. “They’re not interpreting the constitution. They’re writing one, they’re revising one.”
Justice Scalia wrote the Supreme Court’s dissent to the decision legalizing same-sex marriage, blasting the five majority judges for a “constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine.”