Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away on Saturday on a ranch in Texas.
According to the New York Times
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service, which sent personnel to the scene, said there was nothing to indicate the death was the result of anything other than natural causes.
Most people know he was very conservative and was known for his piercing and often controversial words, both in curated written decisions and off-the-cuff remarks.
He certainly was no friend of the LGBT community!
In his view, it wasn’t so much that he was opposed to gay rights — he really was! — but that such rights simply weren’t protected by a very originalist interpretation of the Constitution and its amendments.
In my opinion he had a somewhat strange view on the Constitution :
Scalia’s stance on gay rights demonstrated his originalist view: He believed that the Constitution couldn’t protect gay rights, because no one could envision, for example, same-sex marriage as an issue back when the Constitution and its amendments were written.
Now I think the battle who gets to replace Antonin Scalia starts ?
Republican candidates: Obama shouldn’t bother nominating anyone.
Here a few reactions:
“I do not believe the president should appoint someone,” Sen. Marco Rubio said. “It’s been over 80 years since a lame duck president has appointed a Supreme Court justice.”
Sen. Ted Cruz: “We have 80 years of precedent of not confirming Supreme Court justices in an election year,” Cruz said. Dickerson pointed out that that wasn’t quite true — Justice Anthony Kennedy was nominated by Ronald Reagan in 1987 and confirmed in 1988.
Kasich: ended up by concluding that Obama shouldn’t nominate someone for the Supreme Court vacancy. “I believe the president should not move forward,” Kasich said.
Ben Carson: “we should be thinking about how can we create some healing in this land.”
“I fully agree that we should not allow a judge to be appointed during his time,”
Donald Trump : “I think he is going to do it whether I’m okay with it or not,” Trump said. “It’s up to Mitch McConnell and everybody else to stop it. It’s called delay, delay, delay.”
Jeb Bush expressed what may have been the greatest willingness among the candidates to at least wait and see who President Obama nominates.
“Of course, the president, by the way, has every right to nominate Supreme Court justices,” Bush said. “I’m an Article II guy on the Constitution.”
He also said: “There’s no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama will not have a consensus pick.”