It’s instructive to compare Gorsuch’s dissent to those of his mentor. Justice Antonin Scalia’s anti-gay dissents were consistently nasty, outrageous , and heartless , but at least he acknowledged his core belief that the Constitution does not prevent states from demeaning and degrading gay people. Gorsuch attempts to conceal this unpalatable view by claiming, falsely, that Arkansas has “a birth registration regime based on biology” and “rational reasons” to exclude same-sex couples. That’s pure nonsense , and Gorsuch surely knows it. If the justice is going to rule against gay people’s constitutional rights, he should at least have the courage to own up to his convictions.