Scalia addresses Constitution, same-sex marriage in speech

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is criticizing judges who believe the Constitution is a “living” document, saying they amount to policy makers who are rewriting the founding document and making moral decisions for the entire country about same-sex marriage and other issues.

Scalia spoke to about 500 people at Rhodes College, where he delivered the school’s annual Constitution Day lecture. He is the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court. He was appointed by President Reagan in 1986.

Scalia distinguished “originalism,” which calls for adherence to the original text and meaning of the Constitution when interpreting it, from the theory of a “living” Constitution, which views the document as one that evolves over time.

Scalia was among four dissenting justices in the Court’s ruling in June legalizing same-sex marriage.