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Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, Slammed as ‘Homophobes’ at VMAs

Gay actor Billy Eichner angrily attacked the Supreme Court and conservative Justice Clarence Thomas as “homophobes” who are stuck in the past during an appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Aug. 28.

Eichner made the comments at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., as he promoted “Bros,” a movie slated for release at the end of September. Eichner stars in and co-wrote the film, which is centered on a romantic relationship between two men.

“‘Bros’ is making history as the first gay rom-com [i.e. romantic comedy] ever made by a major studio and the first where every role is played by an openly LGBTQ actor,” Eichner said.

“I need you all there on Sept. 30 because we need to show all the homophobes like Clarence Thomas and all the homophobes on the Supreme Court that we want gay love stories,” the actor said without offering any evidence the justices are hostile to gays or their rights.

“And we support LGBTQ people, and we are not letting them drag us into the last century, because they are in the past and ‘Bros’ is in the future,” he added.

Eichner didn’t explain why he thought Thomas and the justices were homophobic but left-wing activists lashed out at Thomas for what he wrote in the recent Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling that overturned abortion precedent Roe v. Wade. In a concurring opinion, Thomas reiterated his long-held view that the court should revisit all “demonstrably erroneous” court rulings.

After the Dobbs ruling was handed down June 24, Eichner took to Twitter to lash out at the Supreme Court.


In his statement, Thomas wrote “we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents,” including Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), and Lawrence v. Texas (2003). Obergefell held that same-sex couples had the constitutional right to marry. Griswold held that married couples had a constitutional right to purchase and use contraceptives without government interference. Lawrence held that criminal laws punishing sodomy were unconstitutional.

Thomas has long believed that the court should not adhere to substantive due process, which is the legal doctrine that rights deeply rooted in history and tradition, such as personal and relational rights, should be protected by the Fifth and 14th Amendments even if they are not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution. The other five conservatives on the nine-member high court did not echo Thomas’s remarks in the Dobbs ruling.

Eichner’s comments also ignored the fact that the Supreme Court has embraced positions promoted by LGBT activists in recent years.

In addition to 2015’s Obergefell, the 5-4 ruling that held that the 14th Amendment requires states to license and recognize same-sex marriage, the court held 6-3 in 2020 in Bostock v. Clayton County that employees can’t be fired from their jobs because of sexual orientation or gender identity. The opinion was authored by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch.

On Aug. 7, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said U.S. states, and not the federal government, should decide whether same-sex marriage should be legally recognized, as The Epoch Times previously reported. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has also said states should have the right to decide on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Graham’s comments came after H.R. 8404, the proposed Respect for Marriage Act, was approved on July 19 by the House of Representatives in a 267–157 vote, with the backing of 47 Republicans. The legislation is pending in the 50–50 Senate, where it’s expected to have the support of Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).

The legislation would formally repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 law that defined marriage as the union between one man and one woman, and allowed states to refuse to accept same-sex marriages recognized under other states’ laws. After then-President Bill Clinton signed DOMA, about 40 states banned same-sex marriage. In Obergefell, the Supreme Court found DOMA was unconstitutional.

Matthew Vadum



Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative journalist and a recognized expert in left-wing activism.

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