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Barney Frank: LGBT Legislation Has 'No Chance' of Passing Next Year

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) tells the Washington Blade that Democrats will be there to block any anti-gay legislation proposed by the Republican majority in the Senate, but warns not to expect any pro-LGBT legislation to get passed:

Barney “Next year there’s no chance of anything happening,” he said of pro-LGBT legislation. “There’s zero chance.”

He added, “It will be a status quo. They don’t have the votes to hurt us but we don’t have the votes to advance anything in the cause.”

Frank also said he was certain that Republicans would fail in an attempt to overturn D.C.’s same-sex marriage law.

“Do you think Barack Obama is going to sign a bill to repeal the D.C. marriage law,” he asked. “It won’t go through the Senate. There is no chance that could happen. None—zero.”

Frank noted that only five out of 179 House Republicans voted earlier this year to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

“The Republicans have become much more anti-gay in their voting patterns,” he said. “There is zero chance of anything good happening with Republicans in control of the House.”

Frank said he was "hopeful" about passing 'DADT repeal' legislation in the lame duck Senate, which is perhaps all one can be at this point.

Read the full interview with Frank at The Washington Blade.

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  1. awesome! good thing all those gay-republican-votes "sent a message". great job!

    Posted by: EO | Nov 9, 2010 11:16:27 AM

  2. The Democrats are worthless scum.
    The Republicans are quasi fascist bigots.
    Democracy or justice in the 2-party system is only a myth.

    The courts; massive social unrest and civil disobedience (like the African-American civil rights movement in the 1960's) are the ONLY way we are going to gain equality.

    F*** Obama - that hateful, homophobic bigot!

    Posted by: Martin Murray | Nov 9, 2010 11:27:34 AM

  3. No shit! Hey Barney, thanks a fucking lot for you assholes doing very little for us while you had the majority!

    Posted by: Shane | Nov 9, 2010 11:28:14 AM

  4. Uh Shane. The House (Pelosi and Barney Frank included) did quite a bit for LGBT folks. It's not their fault that the Senate and Obama failed to get it through all the way.

    Pelosi and Frank deserve credit where its due. They had our back 100%.

    Posted by: George | Nov 9, 2010 11:33:47 AM

  5. Actually, the house of represnatives did pass EDNA and DADT repeal legislation. But it has stalled on the senate.

    Posted by: JA | Nov 9, 2010 11:35:32 AM

  6. The Senate is still held by Democrats. As if it mattered.

    Posted by: chuck | Nov 9, 2010 11:35:46 AM

  7. In the words of Ted Knight, "YOU'LL GET NOTHING AND LIKE IT!"

    Posted by: Jubal Harshaw | Nov 9, 2010 11:37:06 AM

  8. Explain to me how the Senate is supposed to pass legislation without any support from the right. They may have majority but not enough votes to over rule a fillibuster.

    Posted by: JA | Nov 9, 2010 11:40:12 AM

  9. JA

    filibuster reform

    within the rules of the senate every 2 yrs in the first days (january) they can pass all kinds of regulations on the running of the senate for the following 2 yrs

    Dems, Obama, and even some repubs have chatted about filibuster reform being on the table when setting up the new regs on running the senate

    Posted by: | Nov 9, 2010 11:46:29 AM

  10. Filibuster reform is a horrible idea. Do we really want the Republicans to get through anything they want if there's a Republican Congress and president? Obama won't be president forever.

    Posted by: jersey | Nov 9, 2010 11:58:06 AM

  11. He takes a horrible photo...never smiles!

    Posted by: joe | Nov 9, 2010 12:40:23 PM

  12. Yeah I like your message to Obama, "Hey Obama you aren't doing enough/anything, so I am going to vote for the guys that will do nothing but regress all the things you did."

    Just whatever you guys do, DO NOT FORGET TO CONTINUE TO BLAME EVERYONE. If we lose pointless blame then we will truly have nothing!

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 9, 2010 12:43:38 PM

  13. It's like he's saying to us, "See what you did. You caused this." Right, as if they did a damn thing when they had total control - give me a break. I'm not buying it - I stopped buying it a long time ago. Now's the perfect chance for the Repubs to take one step to the left and come out of this smelling sweet as apple pie. Mmmm, apple pie. With vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup drizzled on top... what was I talking about?

    Posted by: JNJ | Nov 9, 2010 12:50:21 PM

  14. Thanks for nothing.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 9, 2010 12:52:02 PM

  15. Careful Ja, nobody wants to hear vaild reasons why Obama and congress can't get everything done!

    I mean the way to have a discourse is to know nothing, think you know something from some source and, parrot all the fox news talking points even though you hate fox news.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 9, 2010 12:54:59 PM

  16. So then the next two years will be very much like the last two years: no pro-LGBT legislation will get passed.

    Thanks Barack, Nancy & Harry!

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 9, 2010 12:56:46 PM

  17. Jersey

    heck if all they do is mandate in senate rules that the threat of a fillbuster must be carried out in reality = the senator having to stand 24/7 discoursing on whatever with a cot and diapers like they used to do it= HUGE improvement

    it would take away the needless whisper filibuster to kill a bill BS

    reid set it up that all a repub has to do is wink at the word filibuster.

    and forcing "secret holds" to be made public as to which senator placed the hold

    Posted by: | Nov 9, 2010 1:12:34 PM

  18. If people are stupid enough to believe that the Democrats will do ANYTHING for us, then they have my pity.

    The only way we will achieve our rights is through the courts.

    I'm not voting Democrat again. I'll be voting Green.

    That will not be a wasted vote.

    After all it's not my fault that the US electoral system is fundamentally undemocratic.

    It's time for civil unrest.

    Posted by: SteveC | Nov 9, 2010 1:14:31 PM

  19. "filibuster reform"

    Yeah, right. After four years of unprecedented abuse of Senate rules, the GOP now suddenly wants to talk reform?


    Posted by: BobN | Nov 9, 2010 1:30:06 PM

  20. The time has come for us to rise up and claim equality rights. Shame on Barney Frank for not doing more for his fellow gays. His money, power & prominence insulate him from almost any and hardships faced by his counterparts amongst the proletariat. His preemptively admitting to defeat is inexcusable. It is up to us to make this happen. We can no longer rely on politicians who "have our back". Revolution now!

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 9, 2010 1:47:43 PM

  21. Mike, You silly dumbass. RISE UP? and SHAME on Barney Frank for not doing MORE?

    Asshole, you run, get in, work hard for rights so that we can nitpick and bash you for not being perfect.

    I love that gays totally condone bulling!

    And in all seriousness, YOU CAN RUN. Be the change that you refuse to see in others.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 9, 2010 2:05:57 PM

  22. Wasn't fenrox the one who compared gay and lesbian service men and women who were frustrated by obama's inept handling of its repeal to, "angry children having tantrums and stomping their feet"? Victims of DADT...soldiers who serve this little children. Fuck you, Fenrox. You're a worthless of POS. Like gay republicans, legal equality doesn't matter to you and your kind.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 9, 2010 2:11:47 PM

  23. @ Fenrox: Listen, douchebag, if you have the ego large enough to run for public office, you better believe your constituents expect a whole hell of a lot from you. It is your obligation to at least seem committed to meeting their needs, have a plan and not constantly roll over and make defeatist excuses at almost every juncture.

    Lastly, my comments had nothing to do with me & everything to do with our elected "allies". You have zero idea what I do about my own civil rights. You are the bully in this situation and your need to attack me personally speaks more to your intellectual inability to participate in a real dialogue.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 9, 2010 2:13:14 PM

  24. Wait! They had a majority and could get nothing accomplished of any meaning of national import, and now they're telling us that now they're in the minority the best we can hope for is damage control? Wow, thanks for that completely useless update. . .

    Posted by: Keith | Nov 9, 2010 2:26:15 PM

  25. Gee, Rep. Frank. Is it because you and the rest of the spineless Democrats in Congress were afraid to pass the legislation? By the way, Barney. It doesn't take an Einstein to figure out that ENDA and any favorable LGBT legislation will not be enacted by the Congress that convenes under republicon control in 2011. Duh.

    Posted by: mike | Nov 9, 2010 3:01:16 PM

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