Monday, March 23, 2009

Rep. Barney Frank calls Scalia a 'homophobe'

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WASHINGTON - 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. The video of the interview is available online. . . .

Scalia dissented from the court's ruling in 2003 that struck down state laws banning consensual sodomy. He has complained about judges, rather than elected officials, deciding questions of morality about which the Constitution is silent. . . .

But one reason why the Supreme Court even exists is to put a check on the other branches of government and ensure that, majority rule notwithstanding, minorities be treated fairly under the law and not suffer under the "tyranny of the majority."

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