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Yesterday, United States District Judge Robert Shelby not only ruled that a Utah law banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, he used his ruling to troll Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Judge Shelby, in his ruling, agreed with Justice Scalia that the Supreme Court’s federal ruling on DOMA would “inevitabl[y]” be applied to state laws banning same-sex marriage, and declared that he had no choice but to strike down Utah’s law.

“Justice Scalia,” Shelby wrote, “recommended how this court should interpret the [DOMA] decision when presented with the question that is now before it.”

Throughout his ruling, he used Scalia’s dissenting words to make his case. “As Justice Scalia has noted,” he wrote, “‘preserving the institution of marriage’ is just a kinder way of describing the State’s moral disapproval of same-sex couples.” Shelby then argued that while “‘[p]rivate biases may be outside the reach of the law…the law cannot, directly or indirectly, give them effect’ at the expense of a disfavored group’s constitutional rights.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/21/judge-trolls-supreme-court-justice-antonin-scalia-in-utah-ruling-on-gay-marriage/

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