Star Trek star and LGBT activist George Takei has added his well-recognized voice to the outcry against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's comments about homosexuality.
For those just tuning in, Scalia's comments were prompted by freshman and openly gay student Duncan Hosie, who questioned Scalia at a Princeton University appearance on December 11 about Scalia's past dissent on gay rights cases.
"It’s a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the ‘reduction to the absurd'," Scalia said, explaining his views. "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against these other things? It’s a reduction to the absurd.”
These remarks came on the heels of the Supreme Court's decision to review gay-marriage cases involving California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
In an interview on MSNBC on December 12, Takei called Scalia's views "repugnant". He also called for Scalia to recuse himself from ruling on cases involving Prop 8 or DOMA.
"He is clearly biased in this situation so how can he look at the issue and make a judgement fairly?" Takei said.
As also mentioned in the MSNBC interview, Takei talked about how he had previously spoken with Donald Trump over lunch about marriage equality on December 5 after learning about Trump's lack of support for gay marriage. Takei also spoke about about his chat with Trump (as well as the Japanese American Internment) in this interview on The Last Word. Much to Takei's surprise, Trump had been receptive to Takei's request to talk to him about the issue.
Hmm, could a lunch date be in store for Takei and Scalia in the near future? Let's hope it's before the Supreme Court hears the Prop 8 and DOMA cases in March 2013.