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Mar 26, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

(CNSNews.com) – During oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Tuesday over the constitutionality of a California law that reserves marriage as a union between one man and one woman, Justice Antonin Scalia said that the effects on children who are raised by same-sex couples is not confirmed by experts or science.

“There’s considerable disagreement among – among sociologists as to what the consequences of raising a child in a – in a single-sex family, whether that is harmful to the child or not,” Scalia said during the exchange between the justices and Charles Cooper, the attorney representing the petitioner in Hollingsworth v. Perry.

“I don’t think we know the answer to that,” Scalia said. “Do you know the answer to that, whether it – whether it harms or helps the child?”

“No, your honor,” Cooper said.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pointed out that California law already allows homosexual couples to adopt children.

“It’s true, but irrelevant,” Scalia said. “They’re arguing for a nationwide rule which applies to states other than California, that every state must allow marriage by same-sex couples.

“And so even though states that believe it is harmful — and I take no position on whether it’s harmful or not — but it is certainly true that — that there’s no scientific answer to that question at this point in time,” Scalia said.

Hollingsworth v. Perry concerns Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative to amend the California constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Gay rights activists challenged the law, and an appellate court ruled it unconstitutional. When the state refused to defend the law, pro-family organizations and Prop 8 advocates asked the Supreme Court to hear the case.

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