Princeton freshman: Scalia’s ‘reduction to the absurd’ defense was absurd
The Princeton freshman who confronted Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on his legal opinions regarding same sex marriage told MSNBC’s Alex Wagner on Monday that, while Scalia was cordial in his answer, he still ducked the question.
“I don’t feel his response was accurate,” said Duncan Hosie, who asked Scalia to justify past opinions comparing marriage equality to murder. “I mean, he compared it to the ‘reduction to the absurd.’ I think his response was absurd in many aspects.”
Scalia made his remarks to Hosie during a promotional appearance by Scalia at the university on Monday, saying that laws against same sex marriage function as moral safeguards, the same way they would against acts like murder or bestiality.
“If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder?” Scalia said during the exchange. “Can we have it against other things?”
Tuesday, Hosie took issue with Scalia’s argument, particularly on the heels of the announcement that the high court will hear cases related to both California’s same sex marriage ban, Prop. 8, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
“There’s really no comparison between intimate homosexual couples trying to have intimate relationships and people murdering others, or people engaging in bestiality and incest,” he told Wagner. “He really didn’t defend those comparisons at the level that I think he needed to, because of just the destructive and inflammatory nature of those comments. I wish he had.”
Though Hosie characterized the encounter as respectful, he did say that it reflected a generational cap in the greater Princeton community; while younger attendees applauded him for questioning Scalia, the justice drew applause of his own from older members of the crowd. Regardless, Hosie told Wagner he didn’t come away pursuaded by Scalia’s reasoning.
“I think he needs to persuade a lot more Americans about his views,” Hosie said. “I think they’re becoming increasingly out of the mainstream.”