representative Barney Frank called conservative Supreme Court
justice Antonin Scalia a "homophobe."
In a video
interview with 365Gay.com
, Frank said that state-level court cases involving benefits
for same-sex partners will eventually go to the U.S. Supreme
Court, a bad situation, given the current makeup of the
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.
Scalia dissented from
the court in
Lawrence V. Texas
, the landmark 2003 ruling that reversed state laws banning
consensual gay sex, often charged as sodomy.
Frank also said that
Rep. Tammy Baldwin's proposed bill to grant same-sex
partners of federal employees the right to certain spousal
benefits probably won't have enough support now, but could
be passed within the next few years. He also said that Congress
should be able to pass a bill to bar discrimination against
LGBT workers, a bill that hit snags in the last term. In 2007,
Frank backed a revised version of the bill that did not include
transgender workers so that it would be more digestible for
moderates and conservatives, igniting backlash from supporters
of the more inclusive measure.
By the end of the 2010
term, Frank says Congress will "repeal 'don't ask,
don't tell,' put in place a good anti-discrimination
bill, and put into place a hate-crimes bill, both of which
would be transgender-inclusive."