Last night, law professor, writer, and legal commentator Jonathan Turley raised the question many have asked publicly and privately: How is it judicially responsible for a sitting Supreme Court justice to speak publicly about issues the court faces? Justice Antonin Scalia has been talking recently about the issue of same-sex marriage, even days after the Court announced it will hear two marriage cases this term.
If a jurist’s comments on an issue reflect his thinking has already been formed, should he be forced to recuse himself?
And what are those comments Justice Scalia has been making?
Direct from the People for the American Way and their Right Wing Watch blog — which we at The New Civil Rights Movement quote from almost daily — Justice Scalia’ seven worst anti-gay comments:
- Compares bans on homosexuality to bans on murder
- …and to bans on polygamy and animal cruelty
- Defends employment and housing discrimination
- Says decision on “homosexual sodomy” was “easy” because it’s justified by long history of anti-gay discrimination
- Says domestic partners have no more rights than “long time roommates”
- Says gay rights are a concern of “the elite”
- Accuses those who disagree with him of supporting the “homosexual agenda”
For details on each item, head over to Right Wing Watch.
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