In his 27th anniversary as associate justice, Antonin Scalia has taken his share of criticism when it comes his views on homosexuality and gay rights. In a candid interview published by New York Magazine on October 6, Scalia exposes his softer side discussing everyone from “Seinfeld “to his current stance on gay rights and views of homosexuality.
In the interview, Scalia offered his opinions on Pope Francis’ recent comments that the Catholic Church needs to change focus away from issues like gay marriage and abortion and more towards helping the poor. Scalia stated that he didn’t feel that the pope was backing off his view on these issues; he is just saying not to focus as much on these issues.
“I think there’s no indication whatever that he’s changing doctrinally.”
As a man who has been very opinionated often on the negative side of homosexuality, Scalia can actually say that he has friends that “are homosexual” which answered his question on whether he was exposed to homosexuality. But he admits that exposure has not softened him or his views on homosexuality and when asked about the views of his grandchildren as opposed to his own, he answered:
“I don’t know about my grandchildren. I know about my children. I don’t think they and I differ very much. But I’m not a hater of homosexuals at all. I sill 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.”
Scalia offered his opinion in favor of DOMA during the historic Supreme Court ruling back in June that struck down the law that prohibited federal rights and benefits for same-sex couples. He said he would write the opinion again today as he believes that change should happen “democratically, and not at the ukase of a Supreme Court.”
For more on Antonin Scalia’s interview with New York Magazine, including his belief in Hell and his discussing about the Devil, visit here.