Justice Scalia's Anti-Gay Comments are Reminder of Need for Fair-Minded Legislators

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese made the
following statement regarding comments Justice Antonin Scalia made
recently at a Swiss law school claiming there is no Constitutional right
to "homosexual conduct."

"Justice Scalia stubbornly refuses to see that all Americans have a
right to liberty and privacy under the law," said Human Rights Campaign
President Joe Solmonese. "Justice Scalia was dangerously out of step
with Americans in 2003 when the Supreme Court decided this question and
he remains so today."

Solmonese continued, "This is just the latest example of why it's so
critical that fair-minded Americans think of the Court when they head to
the ballot box. With the Supreme Court tipping further to the right,
these sentiments could one day become reality."

According to a clip aired on CNN, on March 8, 2006, Justice Scalia told
students at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland:

"Question comes up: is there a constitutional right to homosexual
conduct? Not a hard question for me. It's absolutely clear that nobody
ever thought when the Bill of Rights was adopted that it gave a right to
homosexual conduct. Homosexual conduct was criminal for 200 years in
every state. Easy question."

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