Cokie And Steve Roberts Celebrate Barney Frank’s Wedding

CokieSteveRobertsI missed this last week, but famed journalist Cokie Roberts and husband Steve penned a widely syndicated op-ed celebrating Rep. Barney Frank's marriage to Jim Ready, the nation's "evolution" on the subject and the possibility that the Supreme Court will hear cases on marriage equality:

A sample of the heartfelt piece:

We have known and loved Barney for a long time. He and Steve are from the same town in New Jersey, and it was Barney who recruited Steve to apply to Harvard and got him involved in student politics. Barney was an usher in our wedding in 1966. So it’s a special moment to celebrate his marriage almost 46 years later.

A supremely practical politician, Barney once worried that gay marriage was reaching too far and expecting too much from the political system. But he changed and so did we. We came to understand that Barney, like many other gay friends, wanted the same things that straight couples were searching for: a hand to hold, a heart to share.

It's a great read and I suggest you check it out. And a special thanks to reader Joe for sending this along!


  1. KevinSF says

    Before any praise is heaped on Cokie Roberts do a Google search for “Cokies law”. She is one of the biggest hacks in beltway journalism today. Purveyor of ass backwards conventional wisdom, she speaks in cliches and random talking points endlessly. In a word she stinks.FU Cokie.

  2. JeffB says

    What a warm and generous message. While she may have her detractors (see above!!!), I like to believe that even the most rigid among us are capable of evolving. I wish only that more would espouse her sense of right and justice.

  3. tinkerbelle says

    I listen to Cokie Roberts when she’s on NPR, I never got the sense that she leans to the right, she stays relatively neutral, as journalists generally should, as they are fact producers and not opinion-makers. Her many years of experience allow her some personal take on things to seep through. In any event, her message here could not be more positive.

    By the way, who is awake to see this in the NYT?

  4. anon says

    She’s not exactly a muckraker or pot-stirrer when it comes to journalism. Her main MO is to repeat soundbites issued in press releases. However, nice to know she supports long-term friends! I suppose what she said was better than the alternative “We love BF, but can’t stand the fact he married a guy”. Otherwise, I don’t see much advocacy here, though implying they were ahead of him on this issue is amusing.

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