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Scalia Defends His Anti-LGBT Remarks

Justice ScaliaPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – who in the coming months will hear arguments on both the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8 – is defending anti-LGBT comments he has made in the past. At Princeton University yesterday, Scalia fielded a question from a student regarding previous comments Scalia has made comparing anti-equality laws to laws that ban things like bestiality and murder.

Scalia responded by declaring that legislative bodies can discriminate against LGBT people if they find them to be “immoral,” adding: “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”

Scalia also had some harsh words for the Constitution itself, rejecting the notion that the document is meant to serve as a framework for protecting the rights of all Americans:  “It isn't a living document. It's dead, dead, dead, dead.”

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