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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. Cooper is a plain idiot who should thank Barney Frank for being a pioneer for gay and lesbian rights in America. Without him, Cooper wouldn't even get his name in the paper. Barney was right - the LCRs are a bunch of Uncle Toms.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 6, 2012 2:49:19 PM

  2. Neither Frank's comment nor Cooper's response is good for the gay community or for political debate. Both resorted to broad brush stereotypes and mindless partisan political jabs. Frank lumping LCR in with GOProud is offensive and ignorant and Cooper calling Frank a "partisan political hack" is the definition of the pot calling the kettle black. Besides, once anyone uses the term "Democrat Party" they lose credibility with me and I stop taking them seriously. Had Cooper responded without getting down into the mud with Frank I would have completely supported him even though I'm a dyed in the wool Democrat.

    I'd like for BOTH of them to give us just one moment where they STFU!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 6, 2012 2:51:21 PM

  3. 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

    AGREE 100% !!!!!!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Sep 6, 2012 2:54:09 PM

  4. @ANTB:

    Surely you know that much of the Republican platform has nothing to do with gays, right?

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 6, 2012 2:56:35 PM

  5. The facts speak for themselves. Read the platforms of the 2012 DNC and RNC. The DNC embraces marriage equality, the RNC wants a constitution amendment to ban it. The DEMs are for women's choice - the GOP wants to ban it. Clearly LCR and GOProud on balance don't believe these things are more important than what the GOP is peddling. I don't understand it at all. My values are completely different. I view the GOP as a bunch of cynical selfish people who only care about money. In order to win at the polls they have recruited a bunch of deluded religious zealots who are also led by cynical wealthy selfish people (Ralph Reed, Pat Robinson, FRC, etc.). It's all about accumulation of wealth to them.

    This all reminds me of a quote near the end of the movie Fargo... "So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don'tcha know that? And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day. Well. I just don't understand it."

    I don't understand it either... the GOP wants to destroy the social safety net and use that money for upper income tax breaks...they throw gays and minorities under the bus... not because they hate us... but because they think it will get them a few more votes so they can win. They act so religious, but they aren't. They are Judas selling out Jesus for a few pieces of silver...

    Posted by: MikeH | Sep 6, 2012 2:58:40 PM

  6. Jack, the portions of the Republican platform that touch on us gay folks was written by Tony Perkins. Members of his Family Research Council have called for the imprisonment, execution and deportation of gay people.

    I guess I will never be greedy enough, racist enough, or religious enough to be a member of the LCR or GOProud. Thankfully.

    Posted by: jht | Sep 6, 2012 3:00:35 PM

  7. i feel bad for gay republicans. you guys have to cut off your balls in order to be barely-tolerated.

    we liberals don't have that problem.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 6, 2012 3:01:45 PM

  8. Trash and mock Barney Frank all you want, but neither Cooper nor anyone here has rebutted this from Frank:

    "For 20 years now I’ve heard how the Log Cabins are going to make Republicans better, but they’ve only gotten worse".

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Sep 6, 2012 3:01:51 PM

  9. @MikeH:

    "I view the GOP as a bunch of cynical selfish people who only care about money."

    Do you realize that this is every bit as wrong and inaccurate as people who say "I view the Democrats as a bunch of Communists?"

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 6, 2012 3:01:57 PM

  10. Thanks're brilliant !!!
    Mary...when you've spent your whole life being made to feel less than human because of the way you were made...we'll talk. No, I don't feel that way thanks to the repubs who would rather see me dead. Yes, I equate them to murderers because they were there and they incited... and continue to incite... hate, murder and suicide. Why would anyone attach their name to repubicans unless they supported that somewhere in their hearts?
    Still don't get it Mary dear? Why don't you paint your skin black and head over to your nearest country club, spend 40 years there...then we'll talk about hate and frustration.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Sep 6, 2012 3:05:51 PM

  11. BArney Frank is a turd, with corn. Pointless mush mouth hack....

    Posted by: HAA!! | Sep 6, 2012 3:11:52 PM

  12. I kind of agree with TampaZeke. I don't know if Michael asked a question about them or if Barney brought them up on his own - but GOProud is better ignored and left out of the spot light whenever possible. Since they have no actual power in the Republican party and never will, being attention-seeking, petulant little children is all they can really do that's even remotely substantive.

    Good to see all the paid Republican trolls here though. We wouldn't want them going hungry or something. Particularly like the one who just goes by "?". That's pretty much what's filling your brain and constituting your identity if you are a gay Republican. Dehumanization reducing a human soul to punctuation mark. Very Republican, indeed. "I am the other, and I am not a life" - to paraphrase Jesus.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 6, 2012 3:14:09 PM


    1. Who signed the defense of marriage act into law?

    2. Who brough forth the horror of DADT?

    Oh yeah, the party of inclusion.

    Posted by: HAA!! | Sep 6, 2012 3:16:17 PM

  14. Poor self-loathing homosexuals still upset about Palin. It is to laugh.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Sep 6, 2012 3:20:44 PM

  15. GOProud members should refrain from marrying, too. I mean, they don't work for marriage equality, at all, they don't care enough to make equality a priority when voting....they complain about liberals, they complain about democrats, and then enjoy the hard work done by BOTH, without lifting a finger.

    w i m p s.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 6, 2012 3:22:45 PM

  16. Log 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.

    You damn fool: Barney Frank ALREADY DID the "hardest work" - and he did it a generation ago when you were still cowering in your closet. What a friggin' loser.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Sep 6, 2012 3:23:30 PM

  17. "Barney Frank ......undermining efforts at bipartisanship that would improve LGBT lives......"

    Ha ha ha.
    'What a lovely poem,' said Alice.
    'But what does it mean?'

    I think I must have stepped into that alternative universe that Bill Clinton was talking about last night.
    Are these gay Republicans all self-delusional ?
    Have they no sense of dignity and integrity ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 6, 2012 3:26:40 PM

  18. @EchtKultig,
    So now I'm a "paid Republican troll"? What bizarre logic.

    Posted by: ? | Sep 6, 2012 3:27:36 PM

  19. Haaii-
    Wow...veritable troll fest today. You guys are busy. Both of the things you mention were bills from a Republican controlled congress signed by Bill Clinton. Last night on MSNBC (of course you watch Fox) they were talking about how Clinton made these dangerous and long-lasting political triangulations with Republicans. Obama hasn't, and he's fixed at least one of them, permanently. Unless Romney is elected.

    I really don't know why you trolls are here. I think the % of gay people who are "impressionable" is quite small, and especially at this site. The evil queens who vote Republicans to protect their trust funds or inheritance do so because they HAVE a trust fund to being here isn't going magically give every gay person a trust fund and cause them to vote Republican. You'd be better off haunting a place on the internet with a less informed and intelligent readership, like the yahoo comments section, or Facebook. Please go away and stop wasting our time here.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 6, 2012 3:28:32 PM

  20. i like when cowardly anonymous republican homosexuals like to pretend that DOMA and DADT were done "by democrats" and not done as a response to the even-worse bigotry being promoted and encouraged by the GOP at the time :D

    DADT was a response to the GOP's cries for an all-out witchhunting BAN on LGBT people.

    incidentally, DADT was signed into law the year after Canada made it legal for LGBT citizens to serve OPENLY in the military. and it was done by the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. Who was a woman. :)

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 6, 2012 3:31:37 PM

  21. I am as puzzled as most as to why any LGBT person can support the Republican party. But, we must give credit where credit is due. It was the Log Cabin group that successfully sued the US to end DADT - which undoubtedly hastened the ultimate fall of DADT. Also, the fact that the LGBT people are not a completely monolithic voting block helps to ensure that the Democrats have to pay attention to our issues and must work for our support. So, I am glad that they are here. They do far more for LGBT people than those of us that are complacent and inactive. I could not be one of them, but, I am still glad they exist.

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 6, 2012 3:31:45 PM

  22. The idea that the few GOP pols who vote for gay rights do so because of the influence of Log Cabin Republicans is absurd. I'm sure those pols appreciate that someone IN the party supports their votes, but they vote pro-gay because they come from states with huge liberal populations where liberals have pushed gay civil rights into the mainstream.

    As for Cooper's claims about ENDA, who were those votes he supposedly had lined up?

    Posted by: BobN | Sep 6, 2012 3:32:11 PM

  23. GOProud and Log Cabin are two differant animals. Barny would be wise to not put them in the same catagory. I for one cant stand either

    Posted by: jk | Sep 6, 2012 3:36:03 PM

  24. *sigh*

    Always so many people arguing on the site these days.... I suppose to settle something, communication is needed, but we're not making any progress at this rate.

    Personally, I hate politics period. Makes for horrible discussions and drives many people to things they would not do otherwise. I believe one thing we can all mostly agree on (You know, those of us who don't come here to raise some ire) is that the LGBT is tired of being placed behind other issues and on the back burner.

    It is never the wrong time to fight for one's rights, no?

    Posted by: Cocoa | Sep 6, 2012 3:37:25 PM

  25. Actually, the logic is quite sound. So-called gay republicans don't give a damn about equality, or they wouldn't BE gay republicans. This site concerns itself with issues of gay equality. Thus, the fact you're here doesn't make sense. Shouldn't you be off making money somewhere - being one of Ayn Rand's superhero capitalists? In a larger philosophical frame, to argue against one's own rights is some kind of Zen trollery. It really doesn't matter if you're being paid monies, you're being used as a tool to sell your own soul.

    But I admit, it's partly just one of those mean-spirited rhetorical devices. You know, kind of like calling Obama a Kenyan, communist, drug-addicted affirmative-action beneficiary, as you Republicans are fond of doing!

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 6, 2012 3:38:52 PM

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