Scalia Spars With Student on Gay Rights
Duncan Hosie asks justice how he can equate sodomy and murder
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 11, 2012 10:03 AM CST
In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

(Newser) – A Princeton freshman took Antonin Scalia to task yesterday, asking the Supreme Court justice how he can compare sodomy to bestiality and murder in his writings. "I don't think it's necessary, but I think it's effective," Scalia told the student during a question and answer session at the university. "It's a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the 'reduction to the absurd,'" Scalia said, noting that legislators can ban what they see as immoral.

"If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?" The justice said he wasn't equating the two acts, just comparing bans on them. "I'm surprised you aren't persuaded," he joked. The student, Duncan Hosie, said afterward that indeed he wasn't, and that Scalia's work can "dehumanize" gay people, the AP reports. Scalia also discussed notions of the Constitution as a "living document." "It's dead, dead, dead, dead," he said. Still, it's very flexible: "There's nothing in there about abortion. It's up to the citizens ... The same with the death penalty."

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Dec 12, 2012 2:05 AM CST
Scalia is the ultimate expression of what is wrong with American politics over the last few decades. The entire country has moved so far to the right since Reagan that a fascist thug like Scalia is seen by millions as perfectly reasonable. Socially, America is moving to more progressive stances, and the politics will catch up, and dinosaurs like Scalia will fade into history.
Dec 11, 2012 9:02 PM CST
If we continue in the direction were going in regards to overall acceptance of homosexuality then hypothetically we could eventually have a homosexual President married to another man living in the White House. Would the Presidents spouse be called the First Mate ?
Dec 11, 2012 7:53 PM CST
I'd have loved to see this headline conclude with...:loses argument, gets sodomized.