Supreme Court Justice defends anti-LGBT remarks

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By Anna Peirano

Yesterday, during a discussion at Princeton University, Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court defended remarks he’d previously made about his anti-LGBT views. 

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on both DOMA and Prop 8 in the coming months, and make a landmark decision one way or another that could drastically shift the tide of equality in the United States. 

Scalia fielded a question from a student asking about his previous remarks comparing anti-equality laws to laws that ban things like bestiality and murder. 

The judge said that legislative bodies can discriminate against LGBT people if they find them to be “immoral.” He said, “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”

Scalia also said that the Constitution was not a document meant to be a framework for protecting the rights of all Americans. He said, “It isn’t a living document. It’s dead, dead, dead, dead.”

The Supreme Court is expected to make their decision regarding both DOMA and Prop 8 by June of 2013. 

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