Alito critiques gay-marriage ruling, defends Citizens United

"We're at sea" and " I don’t know what the limits of substantive liberty protection under the 14th Amendment are at this point," Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. told Bill Kristol, editor of Weekly Standard magazine, in an extended interview publisehd online this weekend.

Tony Mauro of Legal Times gives a useful breakdown of the major points, here. These include:

Same-Sex Marriage: The court majority, Alito said, has adopted a “post-modern” concept of liberty protected by the 14th Amendment’s due process clause. Alito described that concept as: “It’s the freedom to define your understanding of the meaning of life. It’s the right to self-expression.”

Citizens United decision: "Citizens United, I think, is core political speech. ... If that’s not protected by ... First Amendment free speech guarantee, I don’t know what is.”

Read more of Mauro here.

Read the full transcript here.


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