Duncan Hosie, the gay Princeton University freshman who on Monday forced U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to defend his remarks comparing homosexuality with murder, appeared on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” last night and delivered an amazing “closing argument” that Scalia’s interruption denied him.
Hosie called Scalia’s remarks, rhetoric, and vitriol surrounding same-sex marriage and intimate relations “absurd,” including Scalia’s comment, “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”
While noted law professor and legal expert Jonathan Turley appeared in the segment also, it was Hosie who stole the show.
The New Civil Rights Movement Monday night, in reporting the story, offered an exclusive report including Hosie’s comments and the full text of the question he tried to ask Scalia.
“I think there’s a fundamental difference between arguing that the Constitution doesn’t protect gay rights and [saying that] the Constitution justifies that we need use this language when talking about gay rights,” Hosie told MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, who was filling in for Lawrence O’Donnell, as MSNBC reported:
“That was the point of my question. I wanted to confront Justice Scalia” to talk about his controversial “rhetoric,” which compared homosexuality to bestiality and murder.
While the justice was “polite” and “respectful” towards him, Hosie said Scalia’s “views are increasingly becoming out of the mainstream.” Hosie received a round of applause from the auditorium and a “positive reaction” from people on campus and across the country after questioning the justice–although he noted a generational divide, saying that the older people in the audience had applauded Justice Scalia’s reply.
The Princeton freshman argued that conservatives, who consider marriage the bedrock of society, should be supportive of adults who want to form committed, longterm bonds.
During the show, Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley warned that Scalia is on a “slippery slope” intellectually, “if you allow the majority to criminalize what they declare is immoral.”
After saying he was not equating sodomy with murder but rather drawing a parallel between the bans on both, Scalia deadpanned to Hosie: “I’m surprised you aren’t persuaded.”
“I still don’t feel persuaded,” Hosie told MSNBC.com. “It’s fine for a Supreme Court Justice to oppose gay rights, but I don’t think it’s okay for a Supreme Court Justice to compare gay sex to bestiality or murder.”
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