Social conservatives can usually count Justice Antonin Scalia as a faithful ally on the Supreme Court. But Wednesday, Scalia had only sarcasm for opponents of Washington state's domestic partner law, who wanted to overturn the law through a referendum without having their names made public.
"Oh, this is such a touchy-feely, oh so sensitive" point of view, Scalia said. "You know, you can't run a democracy this way, with everybody being afraid of having his political positions known."
Leaders of the referendum, which ultimately failed at the ballot box, said they were fearful of retaliation from gay-rights advocates, pointing to the abuse heaped on financial backers of California's ban on gay marriage through Proposition 8.
I remember the maps available on the Internet that showed those who had given money to support Prop 8. I was miffed because they forgot me. Dang! But time did show that eventually they all went away and even the Mormons are breathing easier now.
"The 1st Amendment does not protect you from criticism or even nasty phone calls when you exercise your political rights to legislate, or to take part in the legislative process," Scalia lectured Bopp.
Watch, tonight I'll come home from Disneyland and Ru Paul will be waiting on my front law, ready to kick my ass . . .