AUDIO: Scalia Cites Strom Thurmond, Infertility At Prop 8 Arguments

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March 26, 2013 9:38 a.m.
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At Tuesday’s Supreme Court proceedings on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California’s gay marriage ban, Justice Antonin Scalia made an awkward reference to long-time Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina in a hypothetical about marriage and fertility.

From the transcript:

JUSTICE SCALIA: I suppose we could have a questionnaire at the marriage desk when people come in to get the marriage — you know, are you fertile or are you not fertile?

(Laughter.)

JUSTICE SCALIA: I suspect this Court would hold that to be an unconstitutional invasion of privacy, don’t you think?

JUSTICE KAGAN: Well, I just asked about age. I didn’t ask about anything else. That’s not –we ask about people’s age all the time.

MR. COOPER: Your Honor, and even asking about age, you would have to ask if both parties are infertile. Again —

JUSTICE SCALIA: Strom Thurmond was — was not the chairman of the Senate committee when Justice Kagan was confirmed.

(Laughter.)

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h/t Intelligencer

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