New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has criticized Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's comparison of gay sex to murder.

Quinn, who is considered a frontrunner in next year's New York City mayoral race, called Scalia's remarks “wrong.”

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's Hardball, Quinn called on Scalia to apologize.

“The justice should apologize,” she said. “It's offensive. Sexual orientation is who we are as people. It's how we're created.”

“Don't compare me to a murderer because I'm a lesbian. Don't do it. It's wrong.”

Quinn, who married in May, added: “The justice was disrespectful to me and my family.”

(Watch the entire segment on MSNBC.)