There has been a flurry of comment over a speech by Supreme Court ultra-conservative Antonin Scalia to the effect that the 14th Amendment to the constitution offers no rights to protection against discrimination to gays and Lesbians (the kind of statement one would expect from Scalia) but that there is also no protection for women, which is a surprise.
Scalia said that the U.S.Constitution doesn't support or mandate discrimination against homosexuals or women but neither does it protect them. He says it's all a matter for state laws to take care of -- which means IF the individual states decide to protect these two groups which overlap in the lesbian community. He seems to live somewhere in the 18th century where women had no rights and more or less BELONGED to men -- their fathers and husbands. By implication, Mr. Justice Scalia sees no problem that only heterosexual males (he was surprisingly magnanimous in not excluding Asian, Hispanic and African-American males) should be considered eligible for -- and worthy of -- protection from discrimination of all kinds under the Constitution.
So, I looked up the passage and here's what it says:
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet are now fairly frequently interviewed and it has just been announced that:
Stonestreet and Ferguson to Host Writers Guild Awards
Modern Family stars Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson are scheduled to host the West Coast Writers Guild of America Awards on February 5.
The Emmy-nominated actors play gay couple Cameron and Mitchell on the hit ABC series.
“Audiences don’t know these guys can sing, dance, juggle, clown, and have done everything from motion pictures to Broadway,” WGA producer Spike Jones Jr. said in a statement. “They’re a pair of old-fashioned entertainers, and I’m looking forward to cutting them loose.”
Stonestreet said he is “humbled and honored” to be asked to host the awards while Ferguson said he jumps at any chance to be around Eric.