(CNN) - Rep. Barney Frank called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a "homophobe" in a recent interview with a gay news website.
The openly-gay Massachusetts Democrat was referring to the Defense of Marriage Act, which says the federal government and states are not obligated to recognize same-sex marriages, even if the relationship is considered a marriage by another state. Frank was responding to whether cases involving gay marriage should be heard in the high court at this time.
"I wouldn't want it to go to the United States Supreme Court now because that homophobe Antonin Scalia has too many votes on this current court," Frank said in an interview with 365gay.com.
Scalia is no stranger to criticism over hs views on gay rights. The Supreme Court Justice dissented from the court in 2003 in Lawrence vs. Texas, a case that struck down sodomy laws. Scalia said the decision was "a massive disruption of the current social order."