Count Justice Antonin Scalia among those who consider homosexuality to be a lifestyle choice, like whether to drive an SUV or a hybrid; whether to vote Democratic or Republican; whether to have lunch at Taco Bell or McDonald’s.
But for those of us who know we couldn’t just wake up one day and “choose” to be attracted to one gender or the other (i.e., anyone who’s honest with him or herself and who is not bisexual) think Scalia’s recent comments, even though he’s trying to sell a book, are outrageous.
“Many Americans do not want persons who openly engage in homosexual conduct as partners in their business, as scoutmasters for their children, as teachers in their children’s schools, or as boarders in their home,” Scalia wrote. “They view this as protecting themselves and their families from a lifestyle that they believe to be immoral and destructive.”
“Let me be clear that I have nothing against homosexuals, or any other group, promoting their agenda though normal democratic means…”
For those of you playing along at home, let’s recall how we came to have one Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Way back in 1986, then Pres. Ronald Reagan nominated Scalia to replace Justice William Rehnquist after Rehnquist was made Chief Justice. This means Scalia is presently the longest-serving member of the Court.
But before we blame Dotty Ronnie alone, let’s recall that the Senate, led by Senate Pres. George H.W. Bush and Speaker Pro Tem Strom Thurmond, gave its unanimous approval of Scalia’s nomination. While the Senate was at that time 53/47 Republican/Democratic, that means that along with senators like Bob Dole and Trent Lott who voted to confirm Scalia, Joe Biden, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy, and all the others did also.
And here we are, 26 years later, still trying to get over our disbelief at comments like this:
… Scalia was asked about his dissent of a 2003 Supreme Court ruling tossing out state laws against homosexual sodomy – a decision Scalia said “called into question” state bans against “bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity.”
Really? Like all those things are equal? And there is no reason to question laws against things like masturbation and fornication? I looked up the latter to be sure: it just means sex between two consenting, unmarried people.
It’s a weird and scary world that people like Justice Scalia live in. Unfortunately, the rest of us have to share it.