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Most Republicans 'Ignored' Wedding, Says Gay Rep. Barney Frank: VIDEO


Mere days after marrying boyfriend Jim Ready, Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts sat down with Current's Bill Press to discuss the changing climate surrounding the culture wars.

"I think we are winning the war against this prejudice," he said. "I'm pretty optimistic" about future state wins because "clearly what works is that reality beats ignorance" and most citizens, after meeting LGBT people, can have their minds changed toward progress.

Frank was also asked about congressional reaction to his nuptials, a ceremony that makes him the first ever sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage.

While his fellow Democrats have been openly happy for him and some Republicans have "privately" congratulated him, Frank says most of the GOP has ignored it, and he thinks that's a good thing because "there have been no negative comments."

"The climate is changing and the opponents are realizing that the country is moving beyond them," said Frank in the video, which I've included AFTER THE JUMP.

As for his and Ready's honeymoon, Frank says the gents are jetting off to celebrate in August.

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  1. Yes, if you don't like the fact that two men just got married, shut up and MYOB. If that's all we get from the Repubs, that's enough.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 10, 2012 11:22:32 AM

  2. Miz Jane Pitt--time to get to the back of the bus. Even your own party couldn't care less about two men marrying--some of 'em even congratulated Barney. Put that in your Mississipi and smoke it.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jul 10, 2012 11:29:35 AM

  3. I love Barney Frank...and now I even envy him because he got himself a hot piece of a$$!

    Posted by: George F | Jul 10, 2012 12:20:10 PM

  4. There are many valid reasons to avoid BF, such as his constant collaboration with the corrupt Chris Dodd of CT and his tendency to demean anyone who challenges him, so take your pick. It ain't necessarily about his being gay. And, since a huge % of congressional staffers are gay, there must have been many gay weddings that area congressmen would have attended in the past couple of years. So, not so much avoiding a gay wedding as avoiding BF.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 10, 2012 1:58:22 PM

  5. Politics, & particularly Wash, DC politics is a play-ground worthy of Hollywood but for the dweebs, trolls & slobs who would nevah otherwise get a chance. Henry Kissinger was banging supermodels & you can bet that Jeff Gannon wasn't trysting w no "hot piece of ass," as I think I know who he was whoring with during his White House visits that were never fully documented.

    All that said, I hope B.F. will open the closet of hypocrisy that the American political system resides in but, as he prepares to move into the world of corporate boards of directorships, he'll keep quiet & take the $$$.

    Posted by: mike flower | Jul 10, 2012 2:12:49 PM

  6. I think Rep. Frank has assessed the situation correctly and I'm glad that he's taking a positive view of the reaction to his wedding. Being the first member of Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage makes him historic, and that's what I think we should be focusing on - how incredible it is that a thing like this has happened.

    Also, a lot of those Republican lawmakers are secretly wishing Frank well from a distance. You'd be surprised at how many conservatives are starting to think that gay couples look good together. They admit this privately to each other. And this change is also occurring among Middle America. It's why public opinion is shifting on SSM.

    Posted by: Mary | Jul 10, 2012 3:32:42 PM

  7. Mazel tov to Barney and Jim!

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 10, 2012 6:26:24 PM

  8. I like that guy.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 10, 2012 10:35:40 PM

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