U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was on the receiving end of a tough cross-examination Monday when a gay student asked him after a lecture at Princeton University why he equates laws banning sodomy with those barring bestiality and murder in his legal writings.
"It's a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the 'reduction to the absurd,'" said Scalia, the Associated Press reports. "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?"
Scalia said he was comparing the laws because legislative bodies can ban what they believe to be immoral. This defense of his legal writings comes just days after the Supreme Court announced it would hear two cases challenging state and federal laws that strictly define marriage as between a man and a woman, the AP story said.
Freshman Duncan Hosie, of San Francisco, who asked the question that was met with applause from the lecture audience, told the AP that he was not persuaded by Scalia's answer, saying the writings "dehumanize" gay people.
Via the Associated Press