March 24th, 2009
10:30 AM ET
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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

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. v

    Can Barney Frank stop Bloomberg and the MTA from increasing fares ?

    March 24, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Moody

    Barney is speaking the truth!

    March 24, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Mobius

    It's hard to measure what Frank is screwing up worse – the economy or gay relations.

    Hahahahaha gay relations. Not THOSE kind.

    March 24, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Pee Wee

    Barney tries the old misdirection play. He's gettin' too much heat over the banking/AIG/Freddie and, pardon the pun, Fannie scandal he has to reach out and attack someone else on a totally unrelated issue.

    The guy's a disgrace and the voter's of his district should allow him the opportunity of advocating on behalf of his community as a private citizen come next election.

    Watch his left hand closely while his right hand is pointin' at the Supremes.

    March 24, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. B

    I think Barney should be charged with a hate crime against Justice Scalia.

    March 24, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Had It

    Homosexuality is not contagious. It is not "curable".

    Homophobia is contagious. It is curable – with education.

    March 24, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Diane

    Barney Frank calling Justice Scalia a "homophobe" does not do anything to progress gay rights. That type of rhetoric will simply inflame those that oppose gay marriage. The issue is simple. Two consenting adults whether they be same or opposite sex should have the right to marry and have that marriage recognized by any state in the country. It is the right thing to do.

    March 24, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Shucks

    Frank is absolutely correct on this. Scalia has and always will be a bigot and a racist. If he were to follow the constitution, he could not deny gay people the right to marry. Anyone who knows the constitution knows that gay peoples rights are the same as everyone elses. But no, we have to put the religious equation into the mix and destroy the constitution on religious grounds. How evil.

    March 24, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Michael M. Noonan

    Let's see. Shall we compare the intelligencce and the way these two men have lived their lives. Frank is a pathetic pygmy nibbling at the heels of an elephant.

    March 24, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. reagan fan forever

    Grow up, Mr. Frank. Just because someone disagrees with your agenda doesn't mean they hate you or are afraid of you. Besides, you are a truthophobe.

    March 24, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Steph

    He calls it like he sees it. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck...

    March 24, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Jeff in Houston

    Is it possible that the current social order is WRONG?

    Did equal rights for blacks upset the then current social order? Voting rights for women? Inter-racial marriage? Wait a minute, maybe you conservatives genuinely beleive all that was a bad idea.

    With these kinds of thoughts on the Supreme Court, we are doomed.

    March 24, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Keep Scalia Out of the Bedroom

    Why do we need the government to regulate marriage at all. Just call all marriages "civil unions" available to anyone regardless of gender. Leave "marriage" to churches and the personal consciences of individuals. Let the state call it a "civil union" for everyone for legal purposes. This would keep Scalia out of everyone's bedroom.

    March 24, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Dick Williams

    What Barney Frank fails to distinguish, is the difference between "tolerance and acceptance." The gay lifestyle, as well as gays and lesbians, should by tolerated, not villified nor discriminated against by all other members of society. For those of us who believe that this lifestyle is not exactly the same as the traditional and accepted heterosexual kind, and do not accept it as such, to be called homophobes, is not only non-acceptance by the gay lifestyle, but also not tolerant. I offer this to distinguish, accptance from tolerance. Noone can force acceptance upon another. People try, but they will not be successful.

    March 24, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Fitz in Texas

    I really could care less who weds whom. Man/Man, Woman/Woman, Man/Woman.....really does not matter to me. What I care about is that a person is a good citizen that loves this country unlike Barney Frank.

    Honestly, if I were gay I would not want to know that Barney Frank is a member of any gay community.

    March 24, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Hey Barney Frank,

    Once this country comes to it's collective senses and realizes the role YOU played in this financial meltdown, you're going to be in the slammer. For your sake, you better hope Scalia isn't the judge in your trial.

    March 24, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Jimmy Boy

    If you disagree with a gay then guess what? You are labeled a homophobe. Silly name calling libs.

    March 24, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Ray V

    This is just another example of why kids have no respect for anyone. They see and hear supposed respected leaders of our country insult and demean anyone who doesn't share their view. This goes to a new level though, a career congressman calling a United States Supreme Court Justice a homophobe. Suprisingly, there was no substantial backlash from the liberal media. I'm thinking there would have been a different response if Scalia called Barney a "Gay Liberal Drama Queen", ya think?

    March 24, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Jackie in Dallas

    Justice Scalia, a message.

    You are certainly not in tune with the "current social order" at all, much less the law of the land. Denying a large segment of our population their rights because you disapprove of their lifestyle is rather counterproductive to the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Perhaps you should consider whether you have become a fossilized relic of a social order that no longer exists. Oh, yes, there are a very vocal minority out there screaming about this, but if you read the polls and understand the current thinking, you will realize that we actually prefer to have the government watching big business rather than poking their noses in our bedrooms!

    March 24, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Dylan from Minneapolis

    Truth hurts. I don't give a crap what your "moral" issues are with gay marriage, it contradicts everything this country stands for.

    March 24, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Rick

    Barney Frank has a lot of room to talk as a Dem who sponsered the doom of Fannie Mae

    March 24, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. jon

    Awwwweee.... poor little Barney, fails to understand. No one has the right to same sex marriage... or inter-species marriage... Why should we give a underwhelming minority a "right" that no one else has? because they are loud? flamboyant?

    March 24, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. TJ Johnson

    I hope Justice Scalia sues the devil out of Frank. Make Frank prove what he said....

    March 24, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. New Yorker

    A homophobe is someone who hates and fears homosexuals and I don't believe Mr. Scalia does hate the people, just the act itself. And I'm quite sure that God hates homosexuality just like all the other sins man commits. Barney Frank just wants everyone to approve of his sinful choice and he'll call you a name if you don't. Too bad for Barney.

    March 24, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Jim

    I grow tired of people being called names just because they don't believe with the speaker. It is especially troubling when a so-called "leader" does it. When Bush labeled those who disagree with him "unpatriotic," the left went berzerk. He was wrong; Barney Frank is equally as guilty. Just because someone is against same-sex marriage does NOT make them a homophobe. It doesn't indicate hatred against homosexuals either. Why is it that the Rep Frank feels justified in persecuting anyone who doesn't agree with him. Perhaps he is just trying to deflect the spotlight on him for his major role in today's economic mess. Uh oh, does that make me a homophobe too?

    March 24, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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