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
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.”
the entire segment on MSNBC.)