JUDGEMENT DAY

Meet The Princeton Student Who Challenged Justice Scalia On Sodomy Laws

Princeton student Duncan Hosie helped make headlines when he challenged Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on his comparison of bans on sodomy to those on bestiality, murder and incest.

Hosie appeared on MSNBC’s The Last Word to describe his motivation:

“I think there’s a fundamental difference between arguing that the Constitution doesn’t protect gay rights and [saying that] the Constitution justifies that we need to use this language when talking about gay rights,” he told host Alex Wagner. “That was the point of my question: I wanted to confront Justice Scalia [about his rhetoric].”

Like us, Hosie didn’t buy Scalia’s explanation that society should be allowed to have “moral feelings against homosexuality,” that translate into laws. “I still don’t feel persuaded,” said the openly gay freshman. “It’s fine for a Supreme Court Justice to oppose gay rights, but I don’t think it’s okay for a Supreme Court Justice to compare gay sex to bestiality or murder.”