Justice's Antonin Scalia's dissent against the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of gay marriage includes the weird request to "Ask the nearest hippie" about marriage. Don't have a hippie close at hand? I've rounded up plenty of places on the Web you can find one.
In case you haven't read that part of Scalia's dissent, here it is. Scalia is a cigarette smoker, but this makes you think he might have been smoking something a bit stronger when he wrote:
"The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality. (Really? Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.)"
Where to find the nearest hippie online? A good place to start is the Nearest Hippie on Twitter -- @nearesthippie. And, of course, check out the Twitter hashtag #AskTheNearestHippie.
How about heading to a hippie enclave near where you live? It's easy to find one. Check out Hippy Havens, then click on your state to find them.
If you prefer to have someone else do your hippie-asking for you, go to the Huffington Post article, "Scalia Said To Ask The Nearest Hippie About Marriage, So We Did." They asked hippies from Massachusetts to Toronto to Virginia and beyond about marriage. Needless to say, all disagreed with Scalia.
Where can you find the world's biggest collection of hippies in one place? No doubt at the Grateful Dead's final tour. Here's the tour's Facebook page. And here are details about watching them for a fee on YouTube.
Want to do more than ask a hippie Scalia's question --- would you prefer to date one? Head to Dating for Hippies.
Not exactly sure what Scalia's idea of a hippie is? Needless to say, it's likely a good 40 years old, and from the conservative side of the political spectrum. So read "Who Are the Hippies?", an article from the August 8, 1967 issue of the right-wing National Review. As you might imagine, it's as unintentionally hilarious as Scalia himself.