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Congressman Barney Frank 'Disappointed' by Warren Invite

Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank released a statement today in reaction to Obama's invitation to anti-gay Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at the presidential inauguration.

BfSaid Frank:

"I am very disappointed by President-elect Barack Obama's decision to honor Reverend Rick Warren with a prominent role in his inauguration.Religious leaders obviously have every right to speak out in opposition to anti-discrimination measures, even in the degrading terms that Rev. Warren has used with regard to same-sex marriage. But that does not confer upon them the right to a place of honor in the inauguration ceremony of a president whose stated commitment to LGBT rights won him the strong support of the great majority of those who support that cause.

"It is irrelevant that Rev. Warren invited Senator Obama to address his congregation, since he extended an equal invitation to Senator McCain. Furthermore, the President-Elect has not simply invited Rev. Warren to give a speech as part of a series in which various views are presented. The selection of a member of the clergy to occupy this uniquely elevated position has always been considered a mark of respect and approval by those who are being inaugurated."

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  1. Keep it coming! Obama has to know that his justification for inviting Rick Warren is obscene, illogical, and doubly offensive.

    Alright HRC, SLDN, NGLTF, and state GLBT rights groups... let's kick this up a knotch. Let's coordinate our frustration and teach Pres.-elect an early lesson: we are a force to be reckoned with.

    1) If you supported Obama, unsubscribe to his email alerts and tell him why.

    2) Email the following transition / inaugration folks:

    Praga Mehta

    Jamie Citron

    Dave Noble

    Brian Bond

    Ray Rivera

    Winnie Stackelberg, who is helping to manage the transition:

    3) Phone numbers... we need people's phone numbers in the transition team. Who's got 'em and who wants to share?

    4) Other ideas??

    LET'S DO THIS!!!

    Posted by: Bryan | Dec 18, 2008 7:57:47 PM

  2. Get used to it, Barney. There's more where that came from.

    Posted by: Yeek | Dec 18, 2008 7:58:14 PM

  3. Kudos to Barney Frank for having the guts to state the obvious. Since nobody else in Congress would.

    I suspect that when Madame Speaker catches wind of this statement, she'll run off to Dick Cheney's "undisclosed location" as fast as she can. God knows nobody expects her to do anything remotely related to leading.

    Posted by: John in CA | Dec 18, 2008 8:04:57 PM

  4. Barney told it like it is --
    an exhaulted speaking engagement booking by Obama does not equal a campaign trail visit to Warren's church.

    Obama chose this Warren fellow -- of the thousands of non-offensive and non-divisive pastors he could have chosen -- and he didnt even choose one from his beloved Unoted Church of Christ Chicago. why?

    a deal must have been made-- but for what?

    Posted by: Martha | Dec 18, 2008 8:25:20 PM

  5. Barney told it like it is --
    an exhaulted speaking engagement booking by Obama does not equal a campaign trail visit to Warren's church.

    Obama chose this Warren fellow -- of the thousands of non-offensive and non-divisive pastors he could have chosen -- and he didnt even choose one from his beloved Unoted Church of Christ Chicago. why?

    a deal must have been made-- but for what?

    Posted by: Martha | Dec 18, 2008 8:26:49 PM

  6. We are not a united community. How can we fight against discrimination against gays when we aren't fighting against the discrimination and division in our communities?

    Fight against gay racism
    Fight against male privilege
    Fight against white privilege

    Posted by: Please | Dec 18, 2008 8:27:40 PM

  7. We might as well recognize that we were conned.

    Posted by: kukito | Dec 18, 2008 8:30:04 PM

  8. We might as well recognize that we were conned.

    Posted by: kukito | Dec 18, 2008 8:31:36 PM

  9. Thank you Barney Frank. Please continue to be loud and proud about this. It's a slap in the face from Obama. When we've been slapped so often, it's easy to give up, minimize, or not even fully realize it's another slap...

    Posted by: Hank | Dec 18, 2008 8:54:45 PM

  10. I hope the Barney-haters will look past their biases and grudges long enough to realize that he's one of the few politicians who will quickly stand up and speak out about incidents like this, while his peers are asking, "What's the big deal?"

    Barney isn't just one of us ... he actually GETS it, and we're fortunate to have him in Washington.

    Posted by: sparks | Dec 18, 2008 9:15:46 PM

  11. It feels a bit like the GLBT community was USED for the election. And then is being SOLD on the auction block. Shame shame shame. On the promotion, or bringing attention to, anyone who discriminates or promotes anything but peace and love -- especially at this up and down crazy time on our globe. It's the last thing we need.

    Posted by: A Lewis | Dec 18, 2008 9:29:31 PM

  12. An outrage. We embraced Obama because he was so clearly and refreshingly better than Bush, assuming he must be better on gay issues. But he opposes gay marriage, and otherwise has shown little progressive inclination towards gays in the two years since he started this journey. And as we see with his ties to Rev. Wright and the Warren choice, he's close to evangelicals. It's time for the gay community to stop blindly supporting Obama and start scrutinizing, even considering that his message of inclusion may include a pink asterisk. We see plenty of African Americans and women in his new administration but few gays. I'm still hopeful -- I have to be. But today I feel used, disappointed, and a bit foolish.

    Posted by: Joe H | Dec 18, 2008 9:33:22 PM

  13. I just wrote Obama and requested that he refund my $50 campaign contribution. If I bought merchandise that was miss-represented or didn't perform as promised I'd be entitled to a refund, as far as I'm concerned, the same principle applies to him. I want my hopes, prayers and good energy back too, but I'll settle for a check.

    Posted by: Jay Kay | Dec 18, 2008 9:36:55 PM

  14. I can't stand Barney Frank, he basically slept while our banking system went to hell along with our economy.

    Having said that, thanks Barney.

    I just got an email from Stonewall asking for an end of the year tax deductible donation because of all of the great things That One is doing!


    Another fine example of our LGBT "Leadership" at work!

    NO ONE was around to send out an email that demanded we withhold our Gay Dollars? We here in Vegas marched last week to keep our cash away from homophobes and haters and fucking Stonewall wants us to give more after we just got fucked dry!?!


    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 18, 2008 9:40:37 PM

  15. Bravo Barney! Yes - this is a unique ceremony, not a political round-table, and is not a day to honor someone who speaks of the gay community in such degrading terms

    Posted by: Patrick M | Dec 18, 2008 9:45:22 PM

  16. Just sent this to all the email addresses listed above plus Steve Hildebrandt, his gay deputy campaign manager at and the press team at I had sent an email to the same group yesterday:

    > I'm even more angry today after Obama's attempted defense of this degrading choice. Would he choose to include David Duke to balance his own presence at the inauguration? It's more evidence that he - and you as his advisors - just don't get it on lgbt issues - and you can't be a "fierce" advocate for gay people until you have walked the walk. If he had done something to help gay people already, this might be somewhat tolerable - right now it's like inviting an unrepentant child molester to an abuse survivors' party.

    Well I have had enough abuse. It's over. Done. I will continue to protest more and more until this despicable choice is rescinded.

    Posted by: Patrick M | Dec 18, 2008 10:20:37 PM

  17. Barack is just trying to build bridges.(i hope) We're all a products of something. Would you stop talking to a parent because of a point of view?

    Posted by: um | Dec 18, 2008 10:29:57 PM

  18. Patrick M,

    It won't be. It is clear they were prepared for this. The talking points and rebuttals were released almost immediately after the schedule was announced.

    Just please, please, please don't give this asshole any more of YOUR money. Remember, he outspent his opponents 3-to-1 this time around. And garnered 53% of the vote. Without the money, he stands a good chance of losing next time. If he loves the religious right so much, then let Rick Warren fund his re-election campaign.

    Posted by: John in CA | Dec 18, 2008 10:40:06 PM

  19. Team Obama doesn't make a lot of mistakes. Donny McClurkin wasn't a mistake . Their explanation of this one , too, feels disingenuous. I suspect that, in fact, they want to be seen, in certain quarters, to be thumbing their noses at the gays.That they feel that will shore up a certain kind of credibility with a certain kind of voter. Show that Obama is not an eastern establishment party line liberal. And they judge LGBT to be the weakest, most unpopular , most vulnerable, and therefore most disposable element of that liberal coalition. I'd say we can expect more of this.

    Posted by: Hank | Dec 18, 2008 10:57:16 PM

  20. Obama's first major blunder and it's glaring. What a slap in the face to the community that literally helped get him elected. Obama's picture should be inserted next to the word BETRAYAL in the dictionary.
    By inviting Warren he sends a clear message to the country he supports Prop 8 and what it represents. To casually say "That's what our country is, we have different views" and "that's part of it's magic". Well slavery and calling blacks "niggers" was also part of that "magic" at one time. Which at one time, the majority of the country also supported. I will never understand how one minority can f*ck over another minority with such ease. Shame on you Obama, I want my vote and $100 back! Change??? Business as usual, sleazebag, say anything to get elected pollitian.

    Posted by: dave | Dec 18, 2008 11:19:49 PM

  21. It's not a blunder -- he knew exactly what he was doing. You should consider yourself lucky you only donated $100. My money hole is stretched out a lot more than yours and now my blossom has wilted and died. I give him everything and all I get is a gaping hole -- just like all the rest. MEN! They're dicks. PALIN 2012! (I kid.)

    Posted by: Patrick | Dec 18, 2008 11:39:57 PM

  22. Alright Im gonna tell it like it is...

    Until I see less white gay men poppin' their racist shit about blacks and even latinos,I dont expect the gay community as a WHOLE to get that much further in terms of civil rights,the amount of garbage Ive seen spewed on this site and other gay news blogs and social networks is unheard of.So while all of you people are whining about how we dont have this right or that right,some of you (You know who you are) are the same homos who put down other gays rather if its because of skin color or rather it just be simply because (you dont find him "HOTT" enuff for you) which that would also explain why there are so many miserable single homos out there,but I digress.Point is we need to start looking to make improvements in our own backyard before we start flyin off handle bars about what "The Others" are saying and doing.Some of you are just plain FILTHY,and the sad thing is,none of you will admit to that.

    Posted by: DJ | Dec 19, 2008 12:11:30 AM

  23. I believe Obama is up to something. This is all part of a long-range plan.

    He is putting Rick Warren in his debt, just as he did Joe Lieberman. When it comes time to do the things on the "gay agenda", he will be able to call Warren and say "tell your people to pipe down on this one." Everyone should wait to see what gay-related legislation Obama gets passed (ENDA, repeal of DADT, end of DOMA) before crying into their mojitos. Heck, if Obama gets any ONE of those 3 done, he'll have done better than Bill Clinton, who was supposedly our friend and champion.

    I remember what he said about talking to your enemies. This is an example of practicing that policy at home. He's trying to be inclusive. It seems so obvious.

    I believe that Obama will pass ENDA by the end of his first year, DADT will be a relic by summer of 2010, and DOMA will go some time in his second term, perhaps by the end of his first. And on some or all of it he will be assisted by his new best friend, Rick Warren, either openly or quietly.

    The question our movement has to ask is, do you want your legislation passed, or do you want to get a big hug and feel loved? Too often we go for the latter, when what we really need is the former.

    Posted by: Keith | Dec 19, 2008 1:10:21 AM

  24. Yeah Im a little sick of the "poor us white gay guys, we supported the darkie and now they don't love us." Kiss my high yellow arse!

    Simple fact, WE are all in this boat together. The homo haters of the world hate the white, black, asian, latin homos all the same. Let go of that racist bullshit and fight together to get our fucking rights.

    That One being Black has nothing to do with what he did to us. What happened is what a lot of people here have said, we are expendable at this point.

    Let's see how expendable we are during the next election period when they come to us with hats in hand. Let's fuck the democratic party in two years, so in four they know who they are fucking with!

    And I say that as a God Damned Democratic Delegate.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 19, 2008 1:18:17 AM

  25. I totally agree with Barney. The issue is not that Rick Warren is being invited to the Inauguration. Like any American, he is entitled to accept an invitation. The real issue, however, is that Rick has been given the prime job of delivering the invocation. This is Obama at his worst, at his pandering worst.

    I think it's time we boycotted the ceremony.

    Posted by: jason | Dec 19, 2008 1:52:47 AM

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