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Flags in Pa. to fly at half-staff in Justice Scalia's honor

Written by York Daily Record Staff Report and The Associated Press | Feb 15, 2016 3:32 AM
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FILE PHOTO: In this Oct., 15, 2006 file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the ACLU Membership Conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Chris Greenberg, File)

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf has ordered U.S. and Commonwealth flags at the Capitol Complex and at all state facilities to fly at half-staff to honor the late Supreme Court Justice Antonio Scalia.

Scalia, who served three decades on the nation's highest court, died Saturday at a resort ranch in West Texas. 

The governor's proclamation said flags will remain at half-staff until interment. 

President Obama has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at federal buildings throughout the nation and at U.S. embassies and military installations throughout the world. 

Scalia was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. During his time on the court, one particular case in 2010 had to with York County: the case of whether Westboro Baptist Church was allowed to protest at the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder. His father, Albert Snyder, lived in Spring Garden Township.

The Topeka, Kan. church is well-known over its opposition to homosexuality, picketing military funerals and claiming the deaths of servicemembers are due to public acceptance of gays and lesbians.

The court ruled 8-1 that the church had the right to protest at the funeral. Scalia voted with the majority to allow such protests to take place.

Snyder was not happy with the decision.

"My first thought was, eight justices don't have the common sense God gave a goat," Snyder said at a news conference in York at the time.

"We found out today that we can no longer bury our dead in this country with dignity. What is this country becoming?"

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