Openly gay Congressman Barney Frank is speaking out on comments he made last week where he called conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a “homophobe.”

Frank expanded on what he said to WBZ, a Boston-based radio station.

“[Justice Scalia] makes it very clear that he's angry, frankly, about the existence of gay people,” he said, and supported the statement by citing Scalia's 2003 dissenting opinion in Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court case that struck down sodomy laws.

“If you read his opinion, he thinks it's a good idea for two consenting adults who happen to be gay to be locked up because he is so disapproving of gay people,” Frank said.

Scalia wrote he believed the court's majority opinion ratified an “agenda promoted by some homosexual activists directed at eliminating the moral opprobrium that has traditionally attached to homosexual conduct.”

Commenters on conservative websites have been railing against Frank since his original comments made news Friday. Talking to, Frank said the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law that defines marriage as a heterosexual union for the purposes of federal agencies and allows states to ignore legal gay marriage, would need to be settled by the Supreme Court.

“At some point, it [DOMA] is going to have to go to the United States Supreme Court.”

“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,” he told Ross Palombo.

“Calling someone a 'homophobe' is hate speech!,” wrote one commenter on the conservative CNS News.

“He [Frank] is the most disgusting person on Capitol Hill ... Well, right after Obama,” wrote another.

Frank said he believed it is possible to oppose gay rights and not be homophobic.

“While I support same-sex marriage, I don't think if you're against it you're homophobic,” Frank said yesterday. “I don't think Clarence Thomas is homophobic.”