Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke to a group of high school students at the University of Colorado on Wednesday, taking questions ranging from marijuana use to same-sex marriage.
When asked about the recent legislation that legalized marijuana use in the state, Scalia declined to give his opinion as he would then have to recuse himself should a case concerning the issue come before SCOTUS.
But he did add a little insight to his current frame of mind:
But he added, “the Constitution contains something called the Supremacy Clause,” which is the provision stating that federal laws trump state laws.
The justice was also asked when we’ll find out if the high court will take up the question of whether state same-sex marriage bans are constitutional.
“I know when, but I’m not going to tell you,” he reportedly replied, getting a big laugh from the audience. “Soon! Soon!” he added.
I’m hoping the passage means two things: that a marriage equality case will be taken up by SCOTUS and soon; and that Scalia keeps the “Supremacy Clause” in mind when he hears said marriage equality case.