Barney Frank calls Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia 'a flat out bigot'
Gay congressman unhappy anti-gay judge will help decide California's Propsition 8 case next year
In his final days as a US congressman, Barney Frank is slamming Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for his anti-gay views and remarks.
During a lecture at Princeton University earlier this month, Scalia answered a student’s question about his position on sodomy laws and the judge equated his moral opposition to homosexuality to his moral opposition to murder.
Frank, the first openly gay congressman in US history, says that ‘for a guy who is supposed to be so smart,’ some of Scalia’s remarks on homosexuality have been ‘quite stupid.’
‘This young man said to him, ‘Why do you compare sodomy to murder?’ And he said, ‘Well because I have a right to say if I think something is immoral.’ Well the question wasn’t about his right,’ Frank tells Huffington Post. ‘The question was, By what morality is expressing your love for someone in a physical way equivalent to killing that person? It makes it clear that the man is an unreconstructed bigot, and given that you have a bigot on the Supreme Court like that, it is useful to know.”
Frank adds: ‘I was glad that he made clear what’s been obvious, that he’s just a flat out bigot. I’d previously said he was a homophobe. And Fox and the right wing said, ‘Oh just because he’s not for same-sex marriage? And I said, ‘No, let me be very clear. That’s not it. This is a man who has said you should go to prison for having sex.’ It was an extraordinarily abusive sentiment and it was dead wrong.’
The outspoken Frank is not pleased that the nine-member Supreme Court with Scalia as a member will be hearing am appeal to a ruling that would abolish California’s Proposition 8 law which makes gay marriage illegal in the state.
‘I was critical of the decision to take Prop 8 to court,’ he sys. ‘I don’t the think the five-member Supreme Court majority that we have is ready to declare that there is a constitutional right to marry everywhere. To bring a lawsuit when you’re not likely to win it, prematurely, is a mistake.’
Frank believes the court will uphold a lower court’s ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional which would, once again, allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.
But he sees that as a narrow victory.
‘It’s people being rescued from themselves,’ Frank says.