Gay rights arrive at the Supreme Court

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On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, challenged during a Q&A after a lecture about the loaded language he has sometimes used when discussing gay people, shot back, “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”

The polemic came in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to hear two cases which involve marriage rights: the odious Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8. Never mind Scalia’s casual stringing of together of homosexuality and murder and how it might suggest moral equivalency — neither case involves our rights to “feelings” or even to discriminate and hate.

Scalia, who’s a likely nay vote on both cases, saw their arrival on the court’s docket way back in 2003. At that time Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in Lawrence v. Texas, said the court’s ruling “does not involve whether the government must give formal recognition to any relationship that homosexual persons seek to enter.”

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