Actors George Takei and Hal Sparks have
criticized Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's comparison of gay
sex to murder.
Speaking at Princeton University to
promote his book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts,
Scalia was asked by a gay student about his previous controversial
writings on gay rights.
His form of argument, Scalia answered,
was “reduction to the absurd.”
“If we cannot have moral feelings
against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it
against other things?” Scalia asked. He added that he was not
equating sodomy with murder but drawing parallels between laws which
ban both, the AP reported.
In an appearance on MSBNC, Takei called
the statement “repugnant,” and stated that Scalia should step
down from ruling on two upcoming cases related to gay marriage.
“Any justice who has so little
thought before he speaks should not be participating in ruling on the
cases involving DOMA or Proposition 8,” he said. “He is clearly
biased in this situation. So how can he look at the issue and make a
“That man is a nut job,” Hal Sparks
said on The Stephanie Miller Show.
If you think the argument is effective
“there is something tweaked about you,” he added. “That's a
sociopathic reflex, because you think somebody's behavior is on par
with the elimination of someone's life.” (The video is embedded on
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