We should all know by now that Justice Antonin Scalia is a stubborn old man who will never stop insisting that his only job is read the exact words of the Constitution and repeat them back at you. Also, he's Catholic, and conservative by nature, and loves to play the role of smart aleck during oral arguments. Nevertheless, he's been thrust into the spotlight this week, again, as Enemy Number One of the gay rights movement because, as far as the Supreme Court is concerned, he Enemy Number One! That doesn't mean his side will win, but it does mean that there is now an absurd petition to make him recuse himself from these cases on the grounds that he is biased and has "contempt for GLBT issues." Good luck with that!
The petition is on MoveOn.org, and if you want to sign it, just for shits and giggles, feel free.
Meanwhile, over at SF Weekly, they've done an amusing roundup of Scalia-hating tweets from the last couple of days, our favorite of which is from Jack Moore of Buzz Feed:
Antonin Scalia is what would happen if you appointed any YouTube commenter to the Supreme Court.— Jack Moore (@BuzzFeedJack) March 26, 2013
Mother Jones decided to round up the "7 Worst Things Antonin Scalia Has Said or Written About Homosexuality", including something he wrote just ten years ago in his dissent in Lawrence v. Texas, which once and for all decriminalized sodomy. He basically said it was fine for Americans to discriminate against people they found to "be immoral and destructive," because there were many who didn't want "persons who openly engage in homosexual conduct as partners in their business, [or] as scoutmasters for their children."
And last but not least, writing his satire column in the New Yorker, Andy Borowitz penned this funny bit about Scalia breaking down in the middle of oral arguments, saying, "For two days, it’s been gay this, gay that. You’re all just talking about this stuff as if it’s the most normal thing in the world. Well, it’s not, O.K.? It’s weird and it’s wrong." Then he just starts sobbing.
Previously: Justice Scalia Says Bans On Abortion, Sodomy Are 'Absolutely Easy'