Marrying for Money at One First Street

April 23rd, 2013

Justice Scalia opines on this sacred institution in Sekhar v. United States.

JUSTICE SCALIA: Why — why isn’t that property? Why. You know, my — my choice of marrying whom I want, why isn’t that as much property as — as my ability to — to perform my job the way I want?

MS. HARRINGTON: Because it’s — I think it’s more properly viewed as a liberty interest. It’s not a source of economic value in the sort of traditional sense. I think if you take the Scheidler case –

­ JUSTICE SCALIA: A lot of people marry for money. (Laughter.)

MS. HARRINGTON: It’s true. I walked into that one.