Target: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia
Goal: Apologize for claiming that important social issues are “easy” cases and start taking all issues more seriously.
Recently, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia called abortion, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) and death penalty cases “easy” cases. He made this statement while speaking at the American Enterprise Institute in front of a large crowd.
While he did not go much more in depth than “easy” in the case of death penalty, he had much more to say on the issues of abortion and LGBTQ rights. On abortion, he claimed that nobody has proposed that putting restrictions on abortion is unconstitutional. As far as LGBTQ rights, he claimed that since sodomy was illegal in all states for most of the United States’ history, it was pretty easy to see how there were grounds for current laws preventing same-sex marriage.
These issues are not “easy” cases. The fact of the matter is, we are still discussing abortion heatedly almost forty years after Roe v. Wade. If abortion were such an easy matter, why waste four decades debating it? The same goes for gay rights. It has been over forty years since the Stonewall riots, and while LGBTQ individuals have made great strides since then, the discussion is still far from over. Also, as Justice Scalia seems to have forgotten, there was a four-year period between Furman v. Georgia and Gregg v. Georgia where the death penalty was declared unconstitutional. These cases are obviously not as “easy” as Justice Scalia makes them out to be.
Please sign the petition letter below, and let Justice Scalia know that these issues are still relevant in the modern discussion of human rights and need to be taken seriously. By lending your voice, you are letting him, and other individuals who serve the American public, know that he needs to be open to listening to the current discussion of these issues in order to make decisions to better the lives of the American people.
Dear Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia,
Your recent comments at the American Enterprise Institute regarding abortion, the death penalty, and gay rights issues are appalling. As someone who is supposed to thoughtfully listen to the discussion of the issue in order to make a judgment, your flippant dismissal of these issues is bothersome and even insulting.
As a Supreme Court judge, you will likely continue to hear cases revolving around these issues for the rest of the duration that you serve the bench. I, and many other concerned individuals, hope that you do not simply dismiss a case as “easy” based on its issue. You serve the American people, and you are doing none of them a service by writing-off issues that many of us still find very important.
Please apologize for the insensitive statements you made at the American Enterprise Institute. The American people need to know that you will truly listen to any case presented to you in its entirety for its respective merit, not the category it falls in to.
[Your Name Here]
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