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Antonin Scalia – A Limbaugh With Robes

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Whatever the outcome of the Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage, history tells us that whenever the forces battling for equality reach a tipping point (as they inevitably do), there is no stopping them. Marriage equality will be the law of the land this June…and if not, then some other June in the near future.

And when that history is written, one of the chief villains in this sordid tale of intolerance and ignorance will be Justice Antonin Scalia – for what sets this Supreme Court justice apart from every other bigot fighting to restrict rights, is the special joy Scalia takes in defending his homophobia.

Here are a couple of examples from a Mother Jone’s piece on the 7 worst things Scalia has ever said about homosexuality.

In 2003, during oral arguments in Lawrence v. Texas, the case challenging a Texas law that criminalized homosexual sex, Scalia came up with a tasteless analogy to illustrate the issue. “[S]uppose all the States had laws against flagpole sitting at one time, you know, there was a time when it was a popular thing and probably annoyed a lot of communities, and then almost all of them repealed those laws,” Scalia asked the attorney fighting the Texas law. “Does that make flagpole sitting a fundamental right?”

Vile little prick. Another…

During oral arguments in Lawrence, the attorney challenging the Texas law argued that it was “fundamentally illogical” for straight people to be able to have non-procreative sex without being harassed by the state while same-sex couples did not have the right to be “free from a law that says you can’t have any sexual intimacy at all.” But Scalia pointed out that gays and lesbians could just have sex with people of the opposite sex instead. “It doesn’t say you can’t have—you can’t have any sexual intimacy. It says you cannot have sexual intimacy with a person of the same sex.” Later on in his dissent, Scalia argued that Americans’ constitutional right to equal protection under the law wasn’t violated by the Texas law for that reason. “Men and women, heterosexuals and homosexuals, are all subject to [Texas’] prohibition of deviate sexual intercourse with someone of the same sex.”

As the MJ piece points out, this was the exact same argument made by racists who defended bans on interracial marriages. The ban, the haters would say, was equally restrictive to both whites and blacks and, therefore, constitutional.

Whatever great legal mind Antonin Scalia once possessed, it is no longer the case. He is now a mean-spirited 77-year-old bigot who derives great pleasure in making outlandish statements and then sitting back and reveling in the reaction.

Scalia is, in the words of an observer, Rush with a robe.

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Republicans Don’t Do Empathy Too Well

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Not surprising.

Sen. Rob Portman has renounced his opposition to gay marriage, telling reporters from Ohio newspapers yesterday that he changed his position after his son Will told him and his wife, Jane, that he is gay.

Portman, an Ohio Republican, made the stunning revelation just a week before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on a 1996 federal law asserting that gay marriage is not legal, a measure that Portman co-sponsored as a member of the U.S. House.

“It allowed me to think about this issue from a new perspective and that’s as a dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister have,” Portman said.

How wonderful that Portman has finally come around and now accepts that gays and lesbians have the right to marry the person they love. Hurray! But what did it take for this conservative to get in touch with his empathetic side?

A gay son.

Republicans and conservatives have a problem doing empathy and compassion. It doesn’t come naturally to them which is why it takes a personal experience (e.g. “Dad, I’m gay”, “Dad, I’m pregnant”, “Dad, I accidentally shot Bobby in the face with your loaded gun”) for them to “think about the issue from a new perspective.”

The right struggles about, frantically trying to find new ways to explain the same clueless policies regarding gays, minorities, the poor and middle class but they just don’t get it. It’s not how they’re saying it. It’s what they’re saying.

As for Republicans view on women…

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Justice Scalia Places Homosexuality, Murder and Bestiality on the Same Footing

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Antonin Scalia is one of the Supreme Court justices who will be ruling on marriage equality next year. This is what he had to say when asked why he finds no difference between laws banning sodomy and those barring bestiality and murder.

“I don’t think it’s necessary, but I think it’s effective,” Scalia said, adding that legislative bodies can ban what they believe to be immoral.”

“It’s a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the ‘reduction to the absurd…if we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”

Any doubt as to which way Scalia will vote next summer? Scalia does ‘fair and balanced’ in the same way that Fox does news.

What this underscores is how important the Obama victory really was. Three judges will be in their 80s during the next four years and Mitt Romney had proudly proclaimed that he would appoint judges in the mold of Scalia.

The election win for President Obama prevents that from happening and another hate-filled homophobe right out of the Dark Ages will not be appointed to the highest court…at least for the next four years.

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The Gay Rights Movement In 6 Minutes and 52 Seconds

Filmmaker Ryan James Yezak’s moving video on the gay rights movement has gone viral.  Take a look and you’ll know why.

 

Battling ignorance and fear is not an easy task and never will be for as long as the Rick Santorums and Tony Perkins of society persist in promoting their religious-based brand of hate.

More on Yezak’s documentary Second Class Citizens here.
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