Quinn's MSNBC-ready response to Scalia's 'homosexuality' remarks
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was on MSNBC last night criticizing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for comparing opposition to sodomy with opposition to murder.
"The justice should apologize," Quinn said. "It's offensive. Sexual orientation is who we are as people. It's how we're created."
"Don't compare me to a murderer because I'm a lesbian. Don't do it. It's wrong," she said.
Quinn also said, "The justice was disrespectful to me and my family."
Scalia's comments were made during an appearance yesterday at Princeton University, where he was on book tour.
In response to a question from a gay student, in what Scalia presented as a "reduction to the absurd," he said, "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against these other things?”
The controversy about Scalia's latest remarks come shortly after the Supreme Court announced it would review the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, the California bill banning same-sex marriage.
For Quinn, the appearance on a nationally televised show comes as one of her likely rivals in next year's mayor's race, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, has garnered lots of media attention, and public sympathy (from Quinn, among others), after the New York Post and other outlets lampooned him over a recently rediscovered essay written 33 years ago by his wife, entitled, "I am a lesbian."