Barney Frank Astonished By Attention On Democrats’ Pro-Gay Platform Draft


Recently wedded Congressman Barney Frank penned a piece for HuffPo today expressing his surprise over all the hubbub surrounding the Democratic Party platform draft that includes marriage equality.

Never in all his three decades as an elected official, writes the retiring congressman, has he seen such attention over a document that "at their best are predictors of what parties will do."

From his post:

I was surprised that this got the attention that it did, because in this instance, it is not even a promise or a prediction of what the Democrats will do. It is an after-the-fact statement of what we have already done.

President Obama has already stated his support for marriage equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, which is not only an important use of the bully pulpit to influence public opinion in general; it will be particularly helpful in the several referenda this fall on the subject, especially in states with large African-American populations, such as Maryland.

Equally important (as an exercise of presidential authority) is the president's refusal to defend DOMA in court because it is so blatantly unconstitutional, as well as his articulation that any government action discriminating against LGBT Americans must meet a higher standard than the simple "rational basis" test. This is an important addition to our fight for equality in general. This administration's view that it should be harder to justify such discrimination in court is a goal that has long been sought by me and others, and the president's support for it promises to be helpful not just on this particular issue, but on all other issues going forward.

Governor Romney, of course, opposes the president on every one of these points.

After delineating the legislative and philosophical differences between the parties, Frank, retiring after this term, says he fully expects equality is in the platform's final version and that when that happens, "Democrats will be continuing our opposition to the Republican Party's effort to negate our right to marry.


  1. Bill Perdue says

    This is rich coming from the Demorat who opposed the SF marriage initiative in 2004. The Demorats new plank is meaningless unless they repeal DOMA, which they can’t do because so many Demorats and Rethuggies are bigots or bigot panderers.

    This doesn’t excuse the fact the Demorats voted for and Clinton, a closet bigot, signed DADT. Clinton even gloated about it. He aired an ad on redneck christian radio stations that said, along with other right wing garbage that: “The President signed the Defense of Marriage Act… Clinton has fought for our values and America is better for it. Paid for by Clinton/Gore 96″

    Obama’s bigoted betrayal of the fight against Prop 8 in 2008 occurred when he appeared on MTV and said ‘I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage…’ In spite of his pro forma opposition to Prop 8 that and his bigoted statement that ‘gawd’s in the mix’ galvanized the catholics, mormons and evangelicals, flipped the polls and doomed us. Prop 8 unexpectedly and unnecessarily passed and it was definitely Obama’s fault.

    If, and only if, Democats pass a robust hate crimes law and civil rights amendment forbidding hate speech and discrimination in employment, housing and public services that exacts crippling fines and long term jail time from the criminals, then they can call themselves pro-GLBT. Until then Demorats remain a mixed bag of panderers and bigots worthy only of the support of people who comfortable with bigots and panderers.

    They could have done that before but refused to do so. Rethuggies won’t have such language in their platform because there’s no point in their lying about it. They not better or worse than Demorats, just more honest.

    This is from CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder: “One reason the Rick Warren thing is a big deal is because, after Bill Clinton, the gay community is unusually sensitive to getting the shorter angle of presidential triangulation. It is hard to overstate the optimism and excitement that gays and lesbians felt in 1992. But the optimism deflated spectacularly after “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act, not to mention President Clinton’s sneaky 1996 ad boasting about DOMA, which aired only on Christian radio. Clinton was willing to say the word “gay” in public and appear in black tie at the Human Rights Campaign dinner, but, in the eyes of the gay political community, his commitment to gay rights vanished both times it counted most.”

    Counting on Democrats like Clinton, Obama, Quisling Frank and the rest is like being in that cult that dances with rattlers. You know you’re going to get bitten, you just don’t know when or how often.

  2. Josh says

    Good comment Bill. And why would Barney be so baffled? Look at the thousands of straights supporting the chicken place today? I think a counter-protest could be dangerous. Go away Barney Frank.
    You’re hurting the cause.

  3. anon says

    I still say he’s goading the press into staying on-message during the campaign season, and this issue is a major distraction from that. It’s like “how dare you talk about stuff I don’t want you to talk about!” Even for a perennial exaggerator like Franks, this is a bit much.

  4. Derrick from Philly says

    “Angry much bill? O wait you vote 3rd party or republican?”

    No, George, Bill doesn’t want any old third party nonsense. He’s waiting for the Great American Communist Revolution. Been waiting for it for a long, long time.

    He thought Roosevelt was his savior, but all FDR did was create a huge middle-class so there never ever would be the hope of communism in the USA. Ol’ Bill Perdue has been heart-broken ever since.

    You’d think at 114 years old he’d let his dream go.

    Sing L’Internacional for ’em, Ol’ Bill.

  5. Bill Perdue says

    George M – Don’t worry about anger, worry about bigotry from both parties.

    I live in Nevada and will happily vote for ‘None Of The Above Candidates’ because I know they run by the same .01% and the same bigots. Their differences are cosmetic at best.

  6. LauraLoonie says

    They would all be astonished if they knew the size of Barney’s shlong! Seriously…the boyfriend (now husband) use to brag about the appendage!

  7. Bill Perdue says

    Derrick from Philly is going to vote for Obama because he likes Obama’s mass murder of civilians and GI’s in Afghanistan.

    Derrick from Philly is going to vote for Obama because he likes Obama’s union busting. Derrick is a scab.

    Derrick from Philly is going to vote for Obama because he likes Obama’s attacks on the bill of rights, his siding with the .01% on the environment, giving them breaks while they pollute the world.

    Derrick from Philly is going to vote for Obama because he likes Obama’s policy of jailing and torturing gay/antiwar hero Brad Manning.

    In other word Derrick from Philly is a right winger just like Obama.

    Derrick is also a bit of a dunce. FDR didn’t create the prosperity that prevented a repetition of the Depression in 1945. Unions, and unions alone created prosperity. FDR had nothing to do with it – like Obama he was a total failure.

  8. Shut up Barney says

    Barney Frank is baffled because he can only see his point of view and that’s the only one that matters. He is using the DNC as a platform for his own personal agenda and thereby NOT representing democrats.

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