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11/17/2015 10:33 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2015

Antonin Scalia: SCOTUS Logic On Gay Rights Could Lead To Protections For Child Abusers

“What? It’s up to me to identify deserving minorities?"

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia still isn't very happy about Supreme Court decisions protecting gay Americans.

During an appearance at Georgetown Law School on Monday, Scalia worried that the high court was choosing which minorities got certain protections, The New York Times reported. Scalia, an ardent originalist, said that the distinctions the court was making were not rooted in the text of the Constitution.

“What? It’s up to me to identify deserving minorities?" Scalia said. “What about pederasts? What about child abusers?”

It's not the first time Scalia has cautioned about the Supreme Court's thinking on equality for gay Americans. Dissenting in the 2003 case Lawrence v. Texas, in which the Supreme Court ruled that Texas' ban on gay sex was unconstitutional, Scalia wrote that the state's law was akin to those prohibiting things like bigamy, incest and bestiality.

While the Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex marriage was constitutional, there is still no anti-discrimination law that protects LGBT Americans.

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