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Watch: Gay College Student Who Confronted Scalia Calls Justice’s Comments ‘Absurd’

by David Badash on December 12, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Marriage,News,Politics

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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.

READ: Justice Scalia Forced To Defend Anti-Gay Opinion To Gay Princeton Freshman

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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Scott_Rose December 12, 2012 at 1:27 am

It isn't that Scalia is "conservative;" it's that he's a reactionary Catholic. See this article:

"From Justice Scalia, A Chilling Vision Of Religion's Authority In America"
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/08/opinion/from-ju

Mr. Scalia apparently believes that Catholics, at least, would be unable to uphold, as citizens, views that contradict church doctrine. This is exactly the stereotype of Catholicism as papist mind control that Catholics have struggled against throughout the modern era and that John F. Kennedy did so much to overcome. But Mr. Scalia sees submission as desirable — and possibly the very definition of faith. He quotes St. Paul, ''For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.''

wilmbear December 12, 2012 at 1:35 am

Scalia has shown repetedly that he is not open or objective on the issue of gay rights and marriage, and has his mind made up without even hearing the arguements; his obvious bigotry and bias against the gay communtiy is so clear that he should be recused from hearing the case; because it is obvious he can not be fare and objective on this issue.

Serenifly December 12, 2012 at 1:45 am

He still doesn't say why the comparison is absurd. And it's really simple. Murder is illegal because it violates someone's right to life, which is also the reason why it's immoral. But it's not illegal just because it's immoral.

Goose09 December 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I love your comment. People need to draw a line between what is immoral (I think comes from religion) and what is unethical (i think comes from logic). Murder is unethical because it is a violation of another's rights. Sodomy (ugh, I hate that old ass term) is not unethical unless it is not consensual.

Robroberts2013 December 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

Scalia and Thomas make a mockery of "equal justice under the law". At least Scalia still seems to have a functioning brain; as for Thomas he hasn't asked a question during oral arguements in years. He is the court zombie, he's dead but doesn't even know it.

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