B. Frank: Invective Over Reason
“At some point, [the Defense of Marriage Act] is going to have to go to the United States Supreme Court,” the congressman, a Democrat, said. “I wouldn’t want it to go to the United States Supreme Court now because that homophobe Antonin Scalia has got too many votes on this current court.”
I remain ambivalent enough on the issue of gay marriage to not have a dog in this fight. But I’m pretty sure of two things.
1.) Someone who opposes gay marriage is not axiomatically a homophobe, even if we expand the definition of “homophobe” beyond “a person who fears gays” to include “a person who dislikes gays”. In fact, most people who oppose gay marriage are not homophobes.
2.) Childish name calling by an advocate isn’t going to draw undecideds like me towards that side of the issue.