Sorry to tell you this, but Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court's conservative stalwart, says the Constitution does not protect women or gay Americans from discrimination.
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution -- equal protection under the law -- does not apply to sex discrimination, Scalia said in a recent interview, the Washington Post
Fielding a question from California Lawyer
magazine, the justice said: "You know, if indeed the current society has come to different views, that's fine. You do not need the Constitution to reflect the wishes of the current society. Certainly, the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't."
The magazine headlined its interview with Scalia "The Originalist." If society wants to ban sex discrimination, he said, "Hey, we have things called legislatures, and they enact things called laws. You don't need a constitution to keep things up to date. All you need is a legislature and a ballot box. . . . That's what democracy is all about. It's not about nine superannuated judges who have been there too long, imposing their demands on society."
Scalia had prefaced his answer, "Yes, yes, sorry to tell you that . . ."
In a high court ruling
15 years ago, Scalia made his views known on gender discrimination. He was the only justice dissenting in an opinion halting the 157-year-old all-male tradition at Virginia Military Institute.