State bans on same-sex marriage are falling like dominoes in the courts — just as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia predicted.
A federal judge in Pennsylvania struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages Tuesday, writing, "We are a better people than these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history."
It's the 14th consecutive legal victory since the Supreme Court's landmark marriage rulings last year, according to the Associated Press.
The Supreme Court's rulings last year didn't say that states must recognize same-sex marriage. But lower-court judges have taken note of the Supreme Court's reasoning and rhetoric, striking down state marriage laws even on grounds the Supreme Court didn't quite reach.
Scalia, who says there's no right to same-sex marriage, probably hates it. But he did call it.
When the Supreme Court invalidated part of the Defense of Marriage Act last year, it said that same-sex couples can't be denied federal benefits — but that it was leaving state marriage laws alone. Scalia, though, openly mocked that proposition in an angry dissent, arguing that the way the Court's DOMA opinion was written, lower courts would surely use it to strike down state laws restricting the right to marry.