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December 11, 2012

Antonin Scalia still has sodomy on his mind

Posted in: Bigots,Discrimination,DOMA,homophobia,Hypocrites,LGBT

It seems to me that any U.S. Supreme Court Justice belching out homophobic nonsense  like this needs to recuse himself from the Prop 8/DOMA cases coming up on the docket.

Speaking at Princeton University, Scalia was asked by a gay student why he equates laws banning sodomy with those barring bestiality and murder.

“I don’t think it’s necessary, but I think it’s effective,” Scalia said, adding that legislative bodies can ban what they believe to be immoral.

Scalia has been giving speeches around the country to promote his new book, “Reading Law,” and his lecture at Princeton comes just days after the court agreed to take on two cases that challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

…”It’s a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the ‘reduction to the absurd,’” Scalia told Hosie of San Francisco during the question-and-answer period. “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”
He is just grotesque; a man unwilling to accept the social change before him, and it’s clearly going to cloud his view of the law. Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon:
Scalia is still clinging tenaciously to his “ew, gross” vision of homosexuality — and working with all his might to prove that the great love of his life, the Constitution of the United States of America, agrees with him. In October, he eyerolled at a lecture, “Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state.” It must be difficult to find himself, a man appointed back in the glory days of Ronald Reagan, to be on the increasingly smaller, losing side of the culture war. To be the great and powerful Antonin Scalia, facing off against a measly college freshman, and to come across so defensive, so hollow, and so very, very wrong. It’s called reduction to absurd. Scalia’s living it.

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