Justice Antonin Scalia Thinks He Has Gay Friends

10 things he told New York magazine

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Justice Antonin Scalia being interviewed on FOX News in 2012.

Supreme Court Justice Justice Antonin Scalia, the 77-year-old conservative jurist who has sat on the high court for 27 years, spoke with New York magazine in a lengthy interview published Sunday. Here are 10 of his juiciest quotes.

1. On homosexuality:

“I still think it’s Catholic teaching that it’s wrong. Okay? But I don’t hate the people that engage in it. In my legal opinions, all I’ve said is that I don’t think the Constitution requires the people to adopt one view or the other. … I have friends that I know, or very much suspect, are homosexual. Everybody does.”

2. On Seinfeld:

“I loved Seinfeld. In fact, I got some CDs of Seinfeld. ­Seinfeld was hilarious. Oh, boy. The Nazi soup kitchen? No soup for you!”

3. On politics in Washington:

“It’s a nasty time. It’s a nasty time. When I was first in Washington, and even in my early years on this Court, I used to go to a lot of dinner parties at which there were people from both sides. Democrats, Republicans. Katharine Graham used to have dinner parties that really were quite representative of Washington. It doesn’t happen anymore.”

4. On his own morning reads:

“We just get The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times. We used to get the Washington Post, but it just… went too far for me. I couldn’t handle it anymore.”

5. On the internet, social media, and culture:

“I am glad that I am not raising kids today. And I’m rather pessimistic that my grandchildren will enjoy the great society that I’ve enjoyed in my lifetime. I really think it’s coarsened. It’s coarsened in so many ways. … One of the things that upsets me about modern society is the coarseness of manners. You can’t go to a movie — or watch a television show for that matter — without hearing the constant use of the F-word — including, you know, ladies using it. People that I know don’t talk like that!”

6. On the devil:

“[Leans in, stage-whispers.] I even believe in the Devil. … Of course! Yeah, he’s a real person. Hey, c’mon, that’s standard Catholic doctrine! Every Catholic believes that.”

7. On why he hasn’t attended the State of the Union address in 15 years:

“It’s childish.”

8. On flaws in the Constitution:

“The one provision that I would amend is the amendment provision. And that was not originally a flaw. But the country has changed so much. With the divergence in size between California and Rhode Island — I figured it out once, I think if you picked the smallest number necessary for a majority in the least ­populous states, something like less than 2 percent of the population can prevent a constitutional amendment.”

9. On the sharp tone of his opinions:

“It never cost me a majority. And you ought to be reluctant to think that any justice of the Supreme Court would make a case come out the other way just to spite Scalia. Nobody would do that.”

10. On his friendship with the liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg:

“If you have low expectations, you’re not disappointed. When it’s somebody who you think is basically on your side on these ideological controversies, and then that person goes over to the dark side, it does make you feel bad.”

34 comments
mak4374
mak4374

Wait, Washington Times?!? WTF! Seriously?


Every time I listen to this guy, his speeches, his opinions, and...oh sweet jesus, this interview...I always ask, why is this guy even allowed to vote, much less be a judge!?!  Just because he "understands" the law, so freaking what? I understand the special theory of relativity, it doesn't mean I should be out there making nuclear bombs.

I suppose the most telling part of any, any politician, and how they should be judged as affective at their job, is their outlook for the future of this country and the reasons behind it.  And if there was ever a pessimist, and if ever there were more moronic reasons of why he is as such, I haven't found them this side of Michele Bachmann.  

And one last thing: another flaw in the constitution (yeah moron, there was ONLY one thing you would amend - not things like slavery or women's rights?) is the disproportionate power given to very, very imperfect humans, with no check or balances, for life.

Voice_of_Rationality
Voice_of_Rationality

In the interest of the good of the nation, I encourage you all to contribute to the Feed Antonin Scalia A Bacon Double Cheeseburger A Day Fund. For just 87 cents a week, you can help insure that his arteries harden up like a Catholic Priest at a boys choir recital. Save our future generations from reproductive rights laws written by fundamentalists, voting rights laws written by partisan bigots, and campaign finance laws written by billionaires. Please act, before it's too late.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Just come out of the closet Scalia. Someone denying as much as you has one foot out and one on a banana peel

sallyedelstein
sallyedelstein

Would Justice Scalia's gadar go off on some  retro ads?
 

As everyone was buzzing this past season about the Mad Men moment when Bob Benson brushed his knee against Petes, setting tongues wagging about Bob's possible homosexuality, the real Mad Men of mid-century Madison Avenue produced some real ads with homoerotic subtext of their own. For a look at some unintentionally gay vintage ads take a peek http://wp.me/p2qifI-1rc

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

We all know somebody who is a homosexual.

We all know somebody who has spent time in jail.

So what.

It doesn't mean that a homosexual has a right to force their lifestyle on everyone else under penalty of law ... anymore than we should have to tolerate the lifestyle choice of a thief, a drug addict, or an alcoholic driving under the influence. Bad behavior should be punished, not those trying to protect themselves from bad behavior. But that's the ### backwards trend line of our legal system. Victims are criminals, criminals are victims.

InisMagrath
InisMagrath

Of course he knows people who are gay. And, it is no wonder they stay in the closet around him because he is demonstrably a homophobic bigoted anti-gay zealot.

jsfox
jsfox

The Washington Times!? Good grief talk about staying completely misinformed.

RamondeJsPolank
RamondeJsPolank

SANTIAGO,DR—We all have friends on  the other side of the road  and despite being prohibited by the Catholic Church it is  a constitutional right. Even His Eminence Pope Francis has accepted certain accommodation that may initiate controversies. US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia sounding  extreme realistic-- well he also said he likes SEINFELD  a TV primetime ‘showbusiness’ we have been delighted with.

sacredh
sacredh

I hope it's Scalia that leaves the Supreme Court first and Obama gets to name a liberal that swings the court to the left. It would be poetic justice.

JohnMyroro
JohnMyroro

He just THINKS they're his friends.

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

LADIES cursing? No f&^cking way! How inappropriate.

BenAdolph
BenAdolph

Term limits for SCOTUS now!

Acronym: Supreme Court Republicans of the U.S. = SCROTUS

glennra3
glennra3

It really bothers me that one of only nine people whose decisions shape our lives cannot bring himself to read viewpoints with which he disagrees.


I expect Supreme Court justices to read and be familiar with a wide variety of views, not just those that confirm their own biases.

jmac
jmac

“We just get The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times. We used to get the Washington Post, but it just… went too far for me. I couldn’t handle it anymore.”

He gets the Washington Times!  He and Thomas's wife (who reads Thomas selected articles).   And George W. Bush.   That is beyond scary that so many high-ranking American's get the Washington Times.   Obviously, they tune in Fox because there's not a difference between the Times, the editorials in the WSJ and Fox News.  

No wonder our nation's in trouble.   


Galen
Galen

He's gayer then a 2 dollar bill, of course he has gay friends.

HudsonValleyTim
HudsonValleyTim

Well, I would think that his only gay-friends would be very-low-informed ones.  I cannot imagine that any-others would want to associate themselves with this guy.

ThomasHall
ThomasHall

Justice Scabby is one of the most activist GOP SCOTUS jurists who is removed from the reality of working class America and has been at the forefront of some of the worst decisions effecting America and American democracy like Gore v. Bush, the Citizens United corruption of democracy , the rollback of the Voting Rights Act, and hat an educated man does not recognize that people are born gay and deserve equal rights shows how further out of touch socially he is. He consistently votes to benefit the rich, rich corporations, and against individual making it harder for folks to take on companies and even their own government and to benefit the GOP which denies equal protection under the law. Thanks to the GOP's activist SCOTUS our whole system becomes the best that money can buy.

Who will represent Scabby, who has abused his power in office, before the Lord?

DanBruce
DanBruce

Scalia is correct about one thing, his not attending the State of the Union speech is childish. And as for Ginsburg going over to the "dark side," I would have thought Scalia would welcome her into his club.

stevenleonghawaii
stevenleonghawaii

Dear Mary,

Before your hurtful judgements, pass the ears of your Gay child, grandchild, relative or friends, and possibly causing them to hate themselves enough to kill themselves. Please accept my small, yet profound gift of truth, " I was BORN GAY". Please take this up with God, my creator, before your words create more pain. I have been so awesomely blessed by God since I accepted muself as the Gay man he created me to be. For this reason, I have committed myself to sharing my truth with those who may not know it. I shall continue to pray for your enlightenment on the matter, and that you are blessed with a peaceful life. Sow compassion, caring and happiness. What one sows, so shall they reap.

glennra3
glennra3

@mary.waterton 

Shame on you.


Homosexuality isn't illegal. Homosexuals aren't criminals. And no one is forcing anything on you.

jmac
jmac

He obviously wouldn't touch Time Magazine with a ten-foot pole.  He has no business deciding economic issues if he gets his news from the Washington Times.   His wife needs to tell him it's time to retire - his brain is gone.  

romano70
romano70

@Galen I have two dollar bills, they are not gay. You meant to say queer than a 3 dollar bill.

claymanbob
claymanbob

@Galen The saying is "Queerer than a 3 dollar bill," since there is no such thing. Queerer, in this case, means rarer, not gay.

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

@stevenleonghawaii 

Ever see a child pop from the womb and immediately reach for a bottle of rye, a pack of cigarettes, or a crack pipe? I haven't. None of my children turned out a homosexual or an addict. These are learned behaviors.

Your god is your sex organ. THE GOD of the Universe had nothing to do with your lifestyle choice, but He will have something do with your destination in the afterlife.

sacredh
sacredh

Why does Scalia suspect he has a gay friend? Maybe he saw the Madonna cd in his car. Or else it was his friend wearing @ssless chaps.

Galen
Galen

@claymanbob @Galen 

thats not my problem, you get my point. i am not a homophob, but gay is also rare.

harte.ryan
harte.ryan

You're either a master troll, or the stupidest person on the internet