Justice Scalia Speaks Against Equal Protection for Women
In an interview with California Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment does not prohibit discrimination against women and gays on the basis of gender or sexual orientation. He told the legal magazine, "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't. Nobody ever thought that that's what it meant. Nobody ever voted for that."
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, clarified, "Justice Scalia's opinion on women not having Constitutional protection is tragic but not surprising. Scalia's theory of original intent is devastating to equal rights and ultimately must not prevail. His concept of majority rule is equally devastating to civil rights and minority rights."
Scalia was a strong opponent of the Supreme Court's 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, which overturned laws prohibiting sodomy. At the time, he compared these laws to regulations against incest and bestiality. Scalia was also the sole Supreme Court Justice to vote in favor of the Virginia Military Institution barring women from attending and is firmly opposed to Roe v. Wade.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation 1/4/11; Washington Post 1/4/11; California Lawyer 2011; Huffington Post 1/3/11; Feminist Daily Newswire 9/22/10
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .