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Barney Frank Hits Gay Republicans: 'Their Role Model is Uncle Tom'

In an interview with radio host Michelangelo Signorile, outgoing Congressman Barney Frank, who will speak at the Democratic National Convention tonight, discussed the DNC, Mitt Romney, and denounced gay Republicans who accept that party's support with no rights.

FrankSaid Frank:

“Frankly I’ve been appalled to see the Log Cabin club, in the face of this worse and worse record on public policy by Republicans on our issues. Mr. Cooper said, ‘Well at least they’re not saying bad things about us.' That’s just extraordinary. Again, 30 years ago when we were emerging from the vice of prejudice, I understood that. But no, we shouldn’t be accepting a kind of second class citizenship, [and saying], ‘You can treat us badly as long you don’t yell at us.’ They’re accepted on [the GOP's] terms. They’re willing to be accepted with no rights -- no right to marry, no right to serve in the military, no right to be protected against hate crimes, no right to be protected in employment. I’ll be honest: For 20 years now I’ve heard how the Log Cabins are going to make Republicans better, but they’ve only gotten worse. I now understand why they call themselves Log Cabin: their role model is Uncle Tom.”

CooperLog Cabin Republican Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper hit back at Frank in an email, calling the Congressman a "partisan hack" who is "unwilling to do" the "hardest work" for the LGBT rights movement:

"As far as Log Cabin Republicans are concerned, it's a badge of honor to be attacked by a partisan hack like Barney Frank. We understand that Barney has earned his protected place within the Democrat Party by being their attack dog on gay rights issues, demonizing Republicans and undermining efforts at bipartisanship that would actually improve LGBT Americans lives. We expect this kind of bile from Barney, especially when it plays into the Obama campaign's efforts to divide, distract and deceive the American people....Frank calls us 'Uncle Toms' and pretends that Log Cabin hasn't been on the front lines of the fight for equality. The truth is, by speaking conservative to conservative about gay rights, Log Cabin Republicans are doing some of the hardest work in the movement, work that liberals like Barney are unwilling to do and couldn't do if they tried."

The remainder of Cooper's lengthy statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

Adds Cooper:

"We never accepted the ban on open service - it was a federal court case brought by Log Cabin Republicans that declared the law unconstitutional, and our direct lobbying efforts in Capitol Hill that secured the necessary Republican votes for repeal. Barney Frank and President Obama didn't ask for Senator Susan Collins's leadership, and they never asked for Republican votes. Log Cabin did....Log Cabin fights every day for equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the workplace - a victory that Democrats delayed by refusing to bring ENDA to a vote when they had the chance and by dismissing the support of conservatives like Congressman Paul Ryan. We had the needed Republican votes to pass ENDA. Barney Frank and his liberal allies chose not to, out of political calculation and cowardice.
 
"Finally, it is simply ridiculous to pretend that Log Cabin Republicans haven't spoken out about the freedom to marry. Between the full page pro-marriage equality ad we ran in the Tampa Tribune, the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry brunch we hosted for Republican National Convention attendees, and our visible and vocal presence at the platform deliberations, our work at the Republican National Convention highlighted marriage as a priority, and our record on this issue is undeniable. Barney conveniently forgets that it was at a Log Cabin Republicans event where Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen became the first Republican to cosponsor the repeal of DOMA, and that it was a promise made to the Log Cabin Republicans of New York that made possible the vote in a GOP-led state senate for marriage in the Empire State.
 
"It has not been the Republican National Committee trying to silence Log Cabin - our voice is indeed welcome within our party, and while we may not win every debate, we are secure in our place at the table. Gay liberals like Barney, however, are trying to silence us, calling us names and ganging up like schoolyard bullies. It doesn't matter. While Barney bashes his fellow LGBT Americans, we'll continue our work building a stronger, more inclusive GOP - and someday soon, we'll win, because inclusion always wins."

We'll be carrying a livestream of Barney Frank's speech tonight - and post the livestream when the DNC gavels in at 5 pm.

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  1. Admit it Cooper, the Republican Party HATES YOUR GUTS AND WANTS YOU AND every LGBT dead. Why don't you accept that fact and stop abetting their atrocities against us?

    Posted by: Mykelb | Sep 6, 2012 1:59:09 PM


  2. The Log Cabin Republicans are the biggest embarrassment to the gay community.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Sep 6, 2012 2:01:41 PM


  3. Cooper is right, in terms of what Log Cabin has done, but I think even they recognize that the Republicans have gone off the deep end.

    GOProud on the other hand are the Uncle Toms. What have they ever done that was good for anyone?

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 6, 2012 2:01:51 PM


  4. OS2guy...no GOPROUD are the biggest embarassment...and in general just elitist selfish and all around the bottom of the monied barrel. This nobody from LCR just said some real dumb thinks about an LGBT HERO...typical.

    Posted by: rjp3 | Sep 6, 2012 2:06:54 PM


  5. TRUTH!

    Here's the thing - gay republicans are the reason republicans don't support LGBT Equality.

    those gay republicans are the "gay friends" anti-gay republicans always claim to have. this is why they dont' support equality. those pathetic cowardly doormat homosexuals make it clear they're not deserving of equality.

    then when they complain about Liberals? uh...we liberals are surrounded by non-gay liberal allies who support us.

    to get all Dr. Phil, hey gay republicans, how's your way working out for you so far, huh?

    it aint. clearly.

    your party puts out ads promoting anti-gay prejudice. you still align yourself with them..

    this is why you guys aren't accepted. not because you're gay, but because you're completely spineless wimps about it.

    i've never understood the delusion these boys live in. yeah. i'm a liberal. and all my liberal straight friends not only support Equality for LGBT people but they REFUSE to vote and support those that are AGAINST it.

    the perks of being a liberal, eh?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 6, 2012 2:06:57 PM


  6. and just remember: GOProud exists to save their own @sses. it's a group of moneyed white boys from anti-gay (and RACIST) families. These boys dont' Come Out, either. They get BUSTED. FOUND OUT.

    and to save face, or so they think, they have to swing hard to the right, neutering themselves for tolerance

    again, this aint a problem we gay liberals have to deal with.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 6, 2012 2:08:30 PM


  7. I vote Libertarian to avoid the moral quandary of giving my vote to either Republican or Democratic hacks.

    I may agree with the Democrats on gay issues, but that's not enough to get my vote. Sorry Barney, but your legacy involves much more than gay issues. It involves mismanagement of this country in other areas, and history won't be kind to you.

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 6, 2012 2:08:55 PM


  8. Bawney Fwank? What an absolute joke he is. He is truly an embarrassment to the gay community.

    It's funny just how truly ignorant many of the queens who frequent this site are. They have this idea that only a handful of gays & lesbians vote Republican, when in reality, John McCain received 27% of the gay vote. A staggering percentage which is bound to be even higher for Mitt Romney this year.

    Posted by: ? | Sep 6, 2012 2:08:55 PM


  9. @?:

    Many of the queens on this site are incredibly closed-minded. To them, if you disagree with any of the Democratic platform, you are automatically a bad person. They just don't understand how anyone could not believe any of the things that they do.

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 6, 2012 2:12:19 PM


  10. Cooper is a sick, self-loathing freak

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 6, 2012 2:14:21 PM


  11. Isn't this hilarious? Barney Frank meet Little Kiwi. Little Kiwi meet Barney Frank!

    But seriously, it probably is GOOD that Barney Frank and Clarke Cooper are having this out publicly. Let people see that the gay population has a diversity of opinions, not just about political issues, but about how to achieve equality. Yet Barney Frank's views are totally understandable and I don't blame him for the way he feels.

    Isn't Log Cabin the closest thing the Republicans have to a PFLAG group? Pro-gay Republicans (who needn't be gay themselves) can meet each other and at least share the company of the like-minded. No matter how long it takes, change always has to start somewhere. I personally benefit from the existence of this group. It enables me to be pro-gay and a Republican at the same time.

    I'll duck now before the tomatoes start flying.....

    Posted by: Mary | Sep 6, 2012 2:15:05 PM


  12. What do you call libertarians?

    Republicans in denial.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 6, 2012 2:16:05 PM


  13. It's easy to be against rights for yourself when you are a rich fat cat Republican and don't have to worry about anything. They can easily pay for all the healthcare they want.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 6, 2012 2:16:14 PM


  14. @Michael:

    A fun little saying. Now back it up.

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 6, 2012 2:19:00 PM


  15. fun fact - the "i hate you liberal queens!" posters are always anonymous cowardly trolls with neither balls nor spines.

    keep proving us right, you kapos :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 6, 2012 2:20:11 PM


  16. Tell it, Jack!

    Posted by: ? | Sep 6, 2012 2:20:24 PM


  17. I won't even read cooper's comments...he's pathetic and self-loathing.
    Mary...I love my heirloom tomatoes..won't waste even a rotten one. Pro-gay & republican?
    Like a warm & fuzzy serial killer...not possible.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Sep 6, 2012 2:20:35 PM


  18. A diversity of opinion? Yes, I believe murder is perfectly acceptable behavior...so I'm a diverse gay. Welcome aboard diverse gays...join the club with 5 self-loathing faggots and consider that diversity. Not for one second.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Sep 6, 2012 2:24:45 PM


  19. The only reason that R. Clarke Cooper can even be known in public as a gay man is because a bunch of liberals fought for equal civil rights.

    Posted by: jht | Sep 6, 2012 2:26:44 PM


  20. Paul B, people who oppose gay equality are not in a league with serial killers. Even if we accept the idea that they are on the wrong side of history (and I do accept it now) this isn't the same thing as what serial killers do - which is to violate laws and norms that are already in existence. Gay marriage is legal in only 6 states in the U.S. I'm 51 and was past the age of 40 before it became legal in even ONE state. As of now it has yet to be approved by the voters in ANY state. You're jumping the gun here. Gay rights isn't helped by activists operating as if everything the American people believed before yesterday morning at 10 o'clock is now a sign of being perverse or anti-social.

    I understtand your frustration, but try to view things historically. No one ever said fighting for justice is easy. You needn't belong to groups like LCR if you don't want to.

    Posted by: Mary | Sep 6, 2012 2:35:08 PM


  21. I think Frank's criticisms would have been far more apt if they had been directed at GOProud. The LCR actually has carried on a fight for gay rights from the right side of the aisle, whereas all GOProud does is name Ann Coulter their spokesdiva to reward her for calling John Edwards a f@ggot on national television, and make half-assed pleas not to pursue an FMA for now (that they know will go nowhere). Meanwhile, it was LCR that pushed the court cases through that put pressure on congress to repeal DOMA; we liberals just didn't seem to care enough about military service to make a full-court press against one of the most invidious examples of institutionalized discrimination against LGBT citizens by their own government. Also, remember their glowing endorsement of Mitt Romney? Neither do I, because they've refused to do so as a direct result of his signing NOM's pledge. GOProud was more than willing to give Romney cover with a completely uncritical endorsement, however. I guess not only calling for a Federal amendment to the constitution, but promising to lead a witch-hunt against gay rights activists to promote "religious liberty," was too much for even the LCR to stomach, and you have to give them credit for sticking to their principles, even if it has cost them some access and influence within the GOP. I don't understand gay Republicans (I am a lifelong registered Democrat, for the record), but I am grateful to the LCR for putting up with the vitriol of the GOP to advocate pro-gay policies internally. In their place, I don't think I could restrain myself from knocking some bigoted jackass's teeth down his throat (I'm looking at you, Santorum).

    Posted by: Esperando | Sep 6, 2012 2:35:41 PM


  22. Chance of rain tonight at B of A Stadium: revised to O%.
    Chance of hilarity with Droolin' Joe speakin' indoors: 110%

    And my sides still hurt from Fauxchohontis Warren.

    Posted by: Markus | Sep 6, 2012 2:36:19 PM


  23. Sorry, I meant to write repeal DADT, not DOMA. I guess wishful thinking got the better of me.

    Posted by: Esperando | Sep 6, 2012 2:36:55 PM


  24. Jack, it isn't that if you disagree with any part of the Democratic platform you are a bad person.

    It's that if you actually support the Republican platform - which will repeal the DADT repeal, supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, etc etc etc - then you are not just a bad person you are a self-hating idiot who supports ideas that are in every way opposed to your own interests.

    The LCR is the institutional embodiment of that self-loathing, and entirely deserving of the Uncle Tom tag. They are for those who are against them, and who would rather see them disappeared or dead than alive. And no, that is not hyperbole, that's the fact of the matter. The GOP hates us, they really really do. And the LCR loves the GOP.

    Posted by: antb | Sep 6, 2012 2:48:26 PM


  25. people who don't support Equality are indeed in a league with murderers because they're the ones contributing to a culture that keeps people being too scared to Come Out, the youth LGBT suicide rate, and any and al LGBT hate crimes.

    against equality? congrats. you have blood on your hands.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 6, 2012 2:48:36 PM


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