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Gay Rights and Abortion are 'Easy' Cases, Says Justice Scalia

Asserting himself a "textualist" when it comes to the Constitution, Justice Antonin Scalia told a D.C. crowd that gay rights and abortion are east cases for him, the AP reports:

A_scalia"The death penalty? Give me a break. It's easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state," Scalia said at the American Enterprise Institute.

He contrasted his style of interpretation with that of a colleague who tries to be true to the values of the Constitution as he applies them to a changing world. This imaginary justice goes home for dinner and tells his wife what a wonderful day he had, Scalia said.

This imaginary justice, Scalia continued, announces that it turns out "'the Constitution means exactly what I think it ought to mean.' No kidding."

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  1. This is the most dangerous man in the United States. He may be the brilliant jurist some claim him to be but his narrow and literalist views of our founding document would leave the nation struggling with slavery, women as chattel and a deeply convoluted government. The only solution to this man's evil concepts is to make sure that he is securely outnumbered in the court until he dies. He will never retire or resign and I doubt anyone will catch him in criminal activity.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Oct 5, 2012 8:00:30 AM

  2. "This imaginary justice, Scalia continued, announces that it turns out '"the Constitution means exactly what I think it ought to mean." No kidding.'"

    The man's lack of self-awareness is breathtaking.

    Posted by: Dan | Oct 5, 2012 8:09:05 AM

  3. This man needs to be removed from the bench!

    Posted by: Jon | Oct 5, 2012 8:09:55 AM

  4. What a fkn moron he is. The Laws of the Land do not come from the Constitution...they come from bigots in Congress and State Gov't. Did we really think he would vote any other way?

    Posted by: Tagg | Oct 5, 2012 8:11:46 AM

  5. I'm wondering if Scalia didn't scare Roberts so badly that he's prone to disagree with his stands for safety's sake.
    Scalia may have intellect, but he lacks wisdom. A 'textualist'? Seriously? I believe the constitution says nothing about, well, most everything, so being a textualist is simply being obtuse and an abandonment of the jurists duty to PROTECT the rights of ALL citizens.
    Some deity should grant that man a stroke.

    Posted by: Daniel | Oct 5, 2012 8:14:43 AM

  6. "Homosexual sodomy?" Nice.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Oct 5, 2012 8:17:03 AM

  7. This is the man Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts thinks of first when asked which Justice he most admires on the Supreme Court.

    Posted by: trees | Oct 5, 2012 8:21:32 AM

  8. Most of us do not live in the 18th Century

    Posted by: Gus | Oct 5, 2012 8:22:59 AM

  9. In other words: "Thinking is so haaaard, but in my world it's unnecessary. What's for dinner?"

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 5, 2012 8:34:08 AM

  10. THIS is what an activist judge looks like - advancing his own agenda from the bench rather than applying the meaning of the constitution and 200+ years of law to an ever changing world.

    It's a strong reminder how important this election is - we need Obama, not someone answering to the tea party and right wing extremists, to be the one in the next four years making Supreme Court nominations.

    Posted by: Mitch | Oct 5, 2012 8:36:23 AM

  11. If I don't practice "homosexual sodomy" do I get a pass? My partner and I no longer need to practice as we perfected the act long ago.

    Posted by: Gigi | Oct 5, 2012 8:37:03 AM

  12. I like the way he distinguished "homosexual sodomy" from the completely acceptable "heterosexual sodomy"...Wouldn't want to deny himself the joys of the female anus. This man disgusts me.

    Posted by: Quest | Oct 5, 2012 8:42:05 AM

  13. He needs to be impeached and charged with treason

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 5, 2012 8:42:38 AM

  14. Wow. For somebody who supposedly is interested in history, he sure doesn't know the history of sodomy laws. They are NOT. 200 years old! Much newer.

    Posted by: KevinVt | Oct 5, 2012 8:45:30 AM

  15. May I live long enough to see this bigoted blowhard retire from the court and be replaced by a progressive justice appointed by a progressive president. Oh, yeah, the same goes for the lone "mute" on the SC, Justice Clarence Thomas.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Oct 5, 2012 8:47:44 AM

  16. The Constitution doesn't mention computers, airplanes, pornography, the internet, and a billion other things.

    This man is why Romney should never, ever be allowed near the presidency.

    Posted by: homer | Oct 5, 2012 8:49:00 AM

  17. Good to know we will get a fair hearing before him and won’t just be wasting our time.

    Posted by: Rick Roberts | Oct 5, 2012 8:57:30 AM

  18. 90%...more?...of almos everything we now do in a modern society couldn't have been conceived of 200+ years ago. With his reasoning 99 percent of the cases before him should then be disqualified. The writers of the Constitution created it to be a living, adapting work for a changing growing society.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Oct 5, 2012 9:11:46 AM

  19. For a Supreme Court Justice to come out and say how he would vote in any case before it even comes up for review is shocking, and shows he is just going to push his own agenda. He is not fit to serve.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 5, 2012 9:18:40 AM

  20. Fat, greasy, papist Tony has a book to sell. Funny how he can easily define the constitution in just a few words but he doesn't know the meaning of the word ethics. He feels his lifetime appointment gives him and his family immunity to such things. Scalia is a pig, period. He is what stupid people think a smart person sounds like.

    Posted by: ggreen | Oct 5, 2012 9:38:37 AM

  21. This is just one reason why presidential elections matter. We have been living with the stench of his flatulence ever since the Reagan era.

    Posted by: Byron St. James | Oct 5, 2012 9:49:10 AM

  22. Wow, another homophobe whom no gay man would ever touch with their 10 foot poll.

    2+2 anyone?

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 5, 2012 9:49:27 AM

  23. Scalia is a vile little creep. I wouldn't be surprised if he has hemorrhoids in his mouth. He's a disgusting excuse for a judge.

    Scalia's adherence to the text of the Constitution is a cover for his bigotry. Like most observant Catholics, he appears to love the Vatican more than he does America.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 5, 2012 9:58:27 AM

  24. Yes, indeed this man is VERY dangerous to a whole lot of people. First define sodomy, and it better include lesbians or there'll need to be two sets of homosexual laws. How easy is that...a**hole?

    Posted by: UFFDA | Oct 5, 2012 9:59:14 AM

  25. Interesting textualist... What about the 3/5 of a person? It enshrined slavery in the constitution. What about the amendments? He'd like to overturn the 14th amendment. (Not so incidentally, he also thinks that the process to add amendments is too hard.)

    "Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion." This from an uber-pro-lifer? "Homosexual sodomy"? He should have been honest (!) and just said sodomy (= any sexual act besides straight vaginal intercourse, presumably in missionary position with the man on top)


    The Religious Right are trying to energize their base to vote for Romney by emphasizing the President's right to appoint judges. We need to vote for Obama for the same reason!

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 5, 2012 10:16:37 AM

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