Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

*Conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made headlines Tuesday over something he said during oral arguments on an affirmative action case.

Debating on whether voters can ban affirmative action programs through a referendum, Scalia mentioned in his answer, “The 14th Amendment protects all races” — not “only the blacks.”

The case is centered around a 2006 Michigan vote that approved a ballot initiative amending the state’s constitution to ban affirmative action programs in higher education.

In February 2013, Scalia offered his thoughts on a section of the Voting Rights Act before he joined the majority to strike it down. Scalia suggested that the continuation of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act represented the “perpetuation of racial entitlement,” saying that lawmakers had only voted to renew the act in 2006 because there wasn’t anything to be gained politically from voting against it.