Frank Calls Justice Scalia a 'Homophobe'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 23, 2009 7:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a "homophobe" in a recent interview with the gay news Web site The Democratic lawmaker, who is gay, was discussing gay marriage and his expectation that the high court would some day be called upon to decide whether the Constitution allows the federal government to deny recognition to same-sex marriages.

"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," said Frank. Frank's office did not respond to a request Monday to expand on his remark. Scalia also had no comment. Scalia dissented from the court's ruling in 2003 that struck down state laws banning consensual sodomy.