New Jersey’s Antonin Scalia Equates Gay Sex With Murder

Sigh. This happened on home turf at Princeton University. Promoted by Rosi

So the United States Supreme Court is going to take on two cases related to gay rights, one about marriage equality in California and the other about the federal government’s DOMA law that refuses to recognize state’s marriage rights for same sex couples.

One of the Supreme Court Justices, the one from New Jersey, is a little biased on these issues and we can pretty much assume he’s on the wrong side.  Here’s Antonin Scalia talking about why he supports the right for legislatures to ban sodomy.

If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?

That’s right, consensual non-violent and loving sex between two adults is the same thing as the non-consensual taking of a human life.

Somehow this guy is considered a brilliant legal mind and sits on the highest court in the land.

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  1. zi985

    The full quote from Justice Scalia (where he explicitly says “I’m not comparing homosexuality to murder”) is as follows:

    In an exchange that drew applause for the question and the response, freshman Duncan Hosie asked Scalia about his mentions of murder, polygamy, cruelty to animals and bestiality in his dissents in cases regarding gay rights. Hosie, who identified himself as gay, said he found the comparisons offensive.

    “Do you think it’s necessary to draw these comparisons, to use this specific language, to make the point that the Constitution doesn’t protect gay rights?” he asked.

    “I don’t think it’s necessary, but I think it’s effective,” Scalia said. “It’s a type of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called a reduction to the absurd. And to say that if we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder, can we have it against these other things? Of course we can. I don’t apologize for the things I raised. I’m not comparing homosexuality to murder. I’m comparing the principle that a society may not adopt moral sanctions, moral views, against certain conduct. I’m comparing that with respect to murder and that with respect to homosexuality.”

    You can find the article on Justice Scalia’s visit to Princeton University here: http://www.princeton.edu/main/

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  2. Nick Lento

    …”equating gat sex with murder”…it’s not just some slippery allusion or metaphor.

    Scalia is a bigot, plain and simple.  The fact that he can come up with legalistic language with which to dress up his bigotry doesn’t make the reality any less offensive or any less ugly.

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