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Maureen Dowd Column Compares Scalia to George Wallace

In her New York Times column this morning, Maureen Dowd shared an e-mail from a friend, Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick, that compared conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia to Alabama’s former segregationist governor George Wallace for the way he used “homosexual” in last week’s oral arguments:

Scalia uses the word “homosexual” the way George Wallace used the word ‘Negro.’ There’s a tone to it. It’s humiliating and hurtful. I don’t think I’m being overly sensitive, merely vigilant.

Mutchnick offered no examples of Scalia’s tone or use of the word being “humiliating and hurtful” during the cases in the portion of his e-mail that Dowd shared.

Wallace was an ardent segregationist who served three separate stints as the state’s Democratic governor between 1963 to 1987, and unsuccessfully ran for president four times. He is infamous for the “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door,” in which he stood in front of the doorway of a University of Alabama building to prevent two black students from entering after a federal judge had ordered that they be allowed to enroll.

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