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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. Cocoa you can hate politics all you want but that isn't going to make it go away.
    If Romney is elected you can almost certainly kiss goodbye to:
    the DADT repeal
    legalized gay marriage ANYWHERE in the US
    any laws protecting gay housing, employment or adoption rights
    the Lawrence vs. Texas decision that "allows" you to have non-heterosexual sex at all

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 6, 2012 3:41:57 PM


  2. @EchtKultig:

    So you are claiming it is impossible to be a gay Republican and care about equality?

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 6, 2012 3:43:43 PM


  3. Excellent response from the Log Cabin Republicans to Barney Frank, who, like many highly partisan gay liberals, simply cannot control his woman-like hysteria in many instances in order to see the forest rather than the trees.

    The honest truth is that many gay liberals place the interests of the Democratic Party and the political Left ahead of the interests of gay people.....and they would rather see what we have now--a polarized country in which Democrats benefit from their stance on gay issues but we as a group make little progress on either the legislative or cultural front because of that polarization......they would prefer that to a situation in which the overall culture and political mindset of the country changed so as to eliminate homophobia altogether, which would necessarily mean that they would lose their advantage to a great extent among gay voters, a majority of whom are white males--often affluent--and therefore more natural constituents of the Republican Party than the Democratic Party.

    Cooper is absolutely right that the only way we will achieve consensus on gay rights and the only way we will eradicate homophobia will be to change the views of the more conservative elements of the population.....and some success is occurring in that regard, success that would be impossible if all gay people were ghettoized in the Far Left wing of the Democratic Party.

    You don't achieve sweeping change with only half the population on your side.....any half-way rational and intelligent person should be able to see that......and it was not long ago that many liberals and moderates had the same views about gay people that conservatives still do today.

    That only changed because they were engaged and conservatives will only change if they are engaged,......which the LCR is doing and deserves enormous credit for.

    Sad that the Far Left automatons either are too stupid to see that or see it and don't care, being willing to sacrifice real progress for the electoral intersts of a single political party. But not surprising, as they are no more rational than the automatons of the Far Right, whose MO they mirror.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 6, 2012 3:45:17 PM


  4. Yes, Rick, and one need only look at the equal division between Dem and GOP found in the black community to understand how it became possible for this country to elect a black man as president...

    Posted by: BobN | Sep 6, 2012 3:48:39 PM


  5. LCR & GOProud are masochists.

    Posted by: Bill Cooney | Sep 6, 2012 3:48:56 PM


  6. "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"

    No, Barney Frank was himself "cowering in the closet" a generation ago, as were virtually all gay Democrats as well as Republicans.

    He only stopped "cowering in the closet" when he was found to be propositioning barely legal page boys on the floor of the House and reprimanded for it. So much for "courage" on his part.

    And you know what? The vast majority of gay Democrats remain in the closet today, just like the majority of gay Republicans do....unless you believe that there are only 3 gay men in the entire Congresss, soon to be only 2 with Frank's pending retirement, one of whom represents the college town of Boulder, Colorado, perhaps the most liberal jurisdiction in the entire country, even including Berkeley (gee what "courage" it takes to be out in Boulder)..

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 6, 2012 3:52:05 PM


  7. @Rick...can't read your comment...just ate.
    Would read through your obit a few times though... just for a good laugh. ta-ta

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Sep 6, 2012 3:52:39 PM


  8. By the way, if you want to see "womanlike-hysteria" you should see how excited I get when my dad takes his teeth out and blows me.

    I squeal like a schoolgirl at a Bieber concert.

    Btw, I'm also cowering in the closet. My balls haven't dropped yet. But it's not my fault.

    Do you pathetic liberal queens have ANY IDEA how hard it is to be the only man in America suffering from penis envy!!?

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 6, 2012 3:54:35 PM


  9. @Paul B.:

    What an atrocious thing to say, particularly for one who likes to claim how the Republicans cause suicides and the like. You're no better than them...you want to see everyone who thinks differently than you dead.

    Congrats.

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 6, 2012 3:54:37 PM


  10. Basically yes, but the issue is there's a big gulf between professional advocacy and merely voting. If you advocate for a party that includes state platforms saying you not sound to adopt children, please explain to me how that IS caring about equality!? And of course, we know that's just the tip of the iceberg. Romney's "church" led the national support for Prop 8, and he personally donated 10K to the cause...he's more anti-gay than the Bushes or Reagan.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 6, 2012 3:56:38 PM


  11. @EchtKultig:

    The Republican platform is about a whole lot more than just gays. Say a person believes in 85% of the Republican platform, but ONLY agrees with the Dems on gay marriage. Are you honestly suggesting that he'd be better off (from HIS perspective, not yours) adopting the Dems and trying to change 99% of their platform, instead of agreeing with 85% of the Republican ideals and trying to change the 15%?

    Which is more Sisyphean? The answer seems somewhat obvious to me: they both are. That's why I don't give either party the time of day.

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 6, 2012 3:59:42 PM


  12. "He only stopped "cowering in the closet" when he was found to be propositioning barely legal page boys on the floor of the House and reprimanded for it. So much for "courage" on his part."

    You're mixing up your GOP talking points and confusing Frank with someone else.

    Posted by: BobN | Sep 6, 2012 3:59:47 PM


  13. My dad can't wait to read my obit, either.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 6, 2012 4:00:55 PM


  14. "Democrats benefit from their stance on gay issues but we as a group make little progress on either the legislative or cultural front because of that polarization"

    Rick, do you sometimes feel like you're talking to a brick wall in an empty room? This is so easily disprovable - I've had more complex arguments with 9 year olds. It was Obama and the congressional democrats who passed the DADT repeal, which as other pointed out, was itself a compromise to stop a total right-wing witch hunt against gays in the military. Since you're soooooooo concerned with gay men being perceived as "real men" who are masculine, you should realize that the Democrats have about 100X as much concern for you as Republicans do. Being out in the military will go a long way to convincing Die Volk that gay men can be valorous. But go ahead, keep on living in a dream world if that's what makes you feel good.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 6, 2012 4:02:39 PM


  15. There goes Kiwi again with his mature little "I'll post things under someone else's name that makes them look bad!" game.

    Give it a rest.

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 6, 2012 4:03:52 PM


  16. "Yes, Rick, and one need only look at the equal division between Dem and GOP found in the black community to understand how it became possible for this country to elect a black man as president..."

    Go back and look at the historical votes on civil rights legislation, BOBN, and you will find that all those bills only passed because they had bi-partisan support. Republicans were often the leaders in championing such legislation. Without that kind of bi-partisan consensus, progress would not have been made on civil rights legislation.

    Since then, the ghettoization of blacks in the Democratic Party has actually been one of the reasons the Republican Party has been able to thrive despite the fact that its policies really do not represent the economic interests of the middle class, but rather those of the top 1%. The consensus on civil rights that emerged in the 60's and 70's disappeared when the Democratic Party adopted extremist positions on race that were basically anti-white male....and that pandering to blacks has led to much of the polarization you see in the electorate today.

    White males left the Democratic Party in droves to the point where Obama will probably not get even 25% of the vote among them in this election.

    And despite progress on civil rights and the election of a black President, the country is arguably more racially polarized than it has ever been.

    So, no thank you to that scenario for me. I want gay people to be part of the mainstream, not permanently isolated in the political ghetto with half the population eternally hostile to us.

    And if you do want that, then you are just not very bright, I am afraid.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 6, 2012 4:04:19 PM


  17. Shut up, : ECHTKULTIG , just SHUT UP!.

    Black ands liberals are obsessed with female divas and they're the reason my dad thought I wanted to be a drag queen when I told him I wanted to perform oral sex on him. I just wanted to dress like a real manly man while I did it, but he forced me to wear girls clothes and wear blackface while I did it because of you stupid liberals who love Donna Summer and Diana Ross.

    And I'll never get over it.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 6, 2012 4:05:14 PM


  18. Oh shut up, all of you! My father and a priest molested me as a boy and then tossed me out for being a fairy, and I am so insecure about it that now I have to project my own issues by mocking other people and claiming that their dads hate them and molested them.

    And I'm so narcissistic that I think the fact that I have a blog with my identity makes my internet comments more legitimate. Anyone who disagrees with me is a self-loathing stupid American! Because I'm right and Canada RULES, eh?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 6, 2012 4:10:03 PM


  19. "It was Obama and the congressional democrats who passed the DADT repeal",

    No, DADT repeal was only possible because of BI-PARTISAN support in the Senate. If the 8 Republicans who decided to vote for it had decided not to do so instead, DADT would still be in place. In fact, the bill that finally passed was authored by a Republican, Susan Collins....along with an Independent, Joseph Lieberman.

    Likewise, the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York State would have failed without the Republicans who voted for it.

    Proves my whole point.

    If you have only Democrats supporting you, you will ALWAYS fail. ENDA will NEVER pass without significant Republican support and neither will any other gay-related legislation of any consequence, whatsoever.

    So your attempts to ghettoize gay people in the Democratic Party are and always will be nothing but self-defeating.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 6, 2012 4:11:10 PM


  20. @Jack...no, not everyone that thinks differently...just some. Sorry it offends your sensitive nature...but it's not like we haven't been dealing with it for a decades. Don't like my opinion...oh well !

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Sep 6, 2012 4:11:40 PM


  21. @ECHTKULTIG

    If Romney is elected you can kiss goodbye not only to liberal policies but you can say hello to a right wing Supreme Court for a generation....
    Goodbye DADT, DOMA, ENDA, Roe -v Wade and so on.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 6, 2012 4:11:47 PM


  22. My balls smell like gefiltefish

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 6, 2012 4:12:01 PM


  23. And yes, LittleKiwi, Canada does rule. But you're mistaken, people aren't cowardly idiots for disagreeing, they're cowardly idiots for making intellectually dishonest non-arguments and making them from a place of anonymity.

    Learn that you little queen.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 6, 2012 4:13:14 PM


  24. Rick, I also enjoyed sex with family members. We have a lot in common.

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 6, 2012 4:13:56 PM


  25. @Paul B.:

    You're free to disagree. I'm free to think you're an absolute creep though, and I do. I wouldn't shed one drop of MY blood for the freedom of someone like you.

    The hated becomes the hater, happens far too often, and the fact that you aren't developed enough to realize that it's exactly what is happening to you is frightening. The extinction of humanity can't come soon enough.

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 6, 2012 4:14:42 PM


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