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Resident SCOTUS Troll Antonin Scalia Parallels Between Homosexuality and Murder

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As if we needed more reasons to bite off all our nails at the prospect of the Supreme Court taking on Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act early next year: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia got more than a tad defensive regarding some of his legal writings about homosexuality while speaking at Princeton University last night.

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According to the AP, Duncan Hosie, a gay freshman, asked why Scalia equates laws banning sodomy with those banning bestiality and murder.

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"It's a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the 'reduction to the absurd,'" Scalia said. "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?"

He clarified that he was not "equating sodomy with murder," but you heard the (characteristically cantankerous) words out of the man's mouth. More people clapped at Hosie's question than clapped for Scalia's response. Unfortunately, those people are not on the Supreme Court.

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

In what possible universe does this actually make sense? First of all, one CAN have moral feelings against homosexuality. But personal morality (highly subjective and often predicated upon nothing legally substantial) should not be legislated to deny legal protections and rights. Secondly, okay, fine, we can't have moral feelings against homosexuality. Whatever. But even if that were the case, I'd say the big enormous difference that would inspire a moral disdain for murder over homosexuality would be the fact that murder is denying someone of their primary constitutional right (pursuit of life) whereas homosexuality does no such thing.