March 24th, 2009
10:30 AM ET
4 years ago

Barney Frank calls Justice Scalia a "homophobe"

Rep. Barney Frank called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a 'homophobe' in a recent interview with a gay news website.
Rep. Barney Frank called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a 'homophobe' in a recent interview with a gay news website.

(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.

Watch: Rep. Barney Frank calls Justice Scalia a 'homophobe'

"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."


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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Me

    That's it. Everybody who disagrees with Dem dogma is racist, homophobe, bigot, religionist, etc etc. Fairly typical.

    More imporant to this story is how stupid Frank is. Scalia has too many votes? HE ONLY HAS ONE. JUST LIKE THE REST.

    March 24, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. bernj

    I don't know if Scalia is a homophob. He does seems to be a bit of a Fascist.

    March 24, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Ben

    John in Ohio – Scalia, Roberts, and Thomas are the only ones on the Court who have a clue. You need to get one.

    March 24, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Ben

    Barney Frank is the poster child for why the Libs are the biggest bunch of hypocrites there are.

    March 24, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. roy

    Barney is an idiot and one who has a huge responsibilty in the financial melt down. Hopefully he will be in prison soon and have joining cells with Chris Dodd.

    March 24, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Scott

    Who keeps electing Barney Frank??

    March 24, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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