IN QUOTES

Barney Frank: Taking Gay Marriage Case To Supreme Court A “Mistake”

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I was critical of the decision to take Prop 8 to court. 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. So I was very critical of those people in California who were doing that.

When the Supreme Court decides the Prop 8 case, what I believe is likely to happen is that they will accept the decision of the circuit court in the West Coast [ the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which had narrowed the decision to apply only to California].

It’s people being rescued from themselves. Some of them are still trying to push the broader case, which I think is a mistake.”

—Outgoing congressman Rep. Barney Frank, adding his two cents to the SCOTUS marriage-equality debate, in an interview with The Huffington Post. Frank tossed in another penny by calling Justice Antonin Scalia a “flat-out bigot” for his comments at a Princeton lecture last week.