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Supreme Court Justice defends anti-LGBT remarks

By Anna Peirano

Yesterday, during a discussion at Princeton University, Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court defended remarks he'd previously made about his anti-LGBT views. 

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on both DOMA and Prop 8 in the coming months, and make a landmark decision one way or another that could drastically shift the tide of equality in the United States. 

Scalia fielded a question from a student asking about his previous remarks comparing anti-equality laws to laws that ban things like bestiality and murder. 

The judge said that legislative bodies can discriminate against LGBT people if they find them to be "immoral." He said, "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?"

Scalia also said that the Constitution was not a document meant to be a framework for protecting the rights of all Americans. He said, "It isn't a living document. It's dead, dead, dead, dead."

The Supreme Court is expected to make their decision regarding both DOMA and Prop 8 by June of 2013. 

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Anna Peirano
Anna Peirano
Tue, Dec 11, 2012
Comments
Comment by Bill Oderkirk
almost 2 years ago

So we can assume Scalia doesn't believe in evolution - of homo sapien, of democracy?

Comment by Matthew Wexler
almost 2 years ago

A supreme court justice comparing homosexuality to murder under the guise of "morality". What a complete shit show.

almost 2 years ago

There is an expression that goes like this: You can't reason someone out of something that he/she hasn't been reasoned into. If only Scalia could be impeached, or replaced because of his egregious interpretation of our Constitution. Perhaps we should pray for him.

Comment by Larry Martin
almost 2 years ago

Sounds like he should also recuse himself of ruling on this matter also.

almost 2 years ago

the man and his principles: nefarious.

Comment by Bruce Davidson
almost 2 years ago

As usual, the view from the Great White North is confused. Many Canadians admire the U.S. constitution precisely because it seems to be a living document, and not "dead, dead, dead, dead" as Justice Scalia says. For more than two centuries it has been interpreted and re-interpreted by all three branches of government to adapt to the changing times. Justice Scalia appears to be stuck in some kind of time-warp, in which whatever was "true" a hundred years ago, or two hundred years ago, remains immutably "true" today. I hope that when he comes to consider DOMA and Prop 8 he will remember that he has sworn to uphold the constitution, even if doing so means that he must set his own so-called "moral" views aside.

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