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Justice Antonin Scalia dead

The 79-year-old Supreme Court Justice was no friend to the LGBT cause

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Antonin Scalia, the notoriously anti-Gay Supreme Court Justice, was discovered dead at a West Texas ranch this morning, reportedly from natural causes. Texas governor Greg Abbot confirmed the 79-year-old’s passing in a statement that praised him as a “man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the Rule of Law…. He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution.”

Republican presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz, quickly chimed in with a statement of his own, calling Scalia a “champion of our liberties and a stalwart defender of the Constitution.”

Scalia flatly rejected the anti-gay moniker so often attributed to him — “Don’t paint me as anti-gay or anti-abortion or anything else. All I’m doing on the Supreme Court is opining about who should decide: Is it a matter left to the people, or is it a matter of my responsibility as a justice of the Supreme Court?” he said during a speaking appearance a year ago — and yet his trail of anti-gay rhetoric speaks for itself.

We can’t say we’re exactly bereaved over the loss.

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