Barney Frank defends calling Scalia a ‘homophobe’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 9:11 EDT
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Barney Frank told 365Gay.com that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was a ‘homophobe.’ Frank defended that accusation Wednesday morning on CNN. “Two opinions written by Justice Scalia in which he makes it very clear that he thinks it’s a terrible idea for people who are gay or lesbian have equal rights,” Frank told CNN’s John Roberts.

“A few years ago the state of Texas tried to send to prison two men who had private consenting sex in their own bedroom and the majority of the court said that’s unconstitutional. That’s an invasion of privacy,” explained Frank. “Justice scalia wrote a long, angry dissent in which he thought it was a perfectly good law and that, in fact, homosexuals as he refers to it are bad people and the notion that there ought to be any kind of legal protections is a mistake,” Frank said.

Frank reference another case in Colorado where Scalia compared homosexuality to murder. “Literally, when he was looking for comparisons to the public disapproval of homosexuality, the first thing he said was murder.”

This video is from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast Mar. 25, 2009.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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