Last edited: October 25, 2003

DNC Chairman McAuliffe Statement on Justice Scalia’s Speech at the ISI

Democratic National Committee, October 24, 2003
Immediate Release Contact: Debra DeShong/ Eric Stern

Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, at a speech before the ultra-conservative Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ridiculed the Court’s recent ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down a Texas state law banning private, consensual sex between adults of the same sex. Justice Scalia read from the court’s June ruling using a mocking tone, and said that the decision ignores the Constitution in favor of a modern, liberal sensibility.

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe issued the following statement:

“President Bush has made it clear that Justice Scalia will be the model for any future nominations to the Supreme Court that he will get to make. Justice Scalia is also the author of a dissenting opinion which not only vigorously disagreed with the notion that GLBT Americans should be free from police intrusion into their bedrooms, but constituted a virulent anti-GLBT rant.

“By mocking the court’s ruling, Justice Scalia is showing that his intolerance also makes him unable to respectfully disagree with his colleagues.

“The president elected in 2004 is very likely to appoint as many as three or four Supreme Court Justices, and if that president is George W. Bush, the recent decision overturning sodomy laws, as well as Roe v. Wade, will likely be reversed.”


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