Monday, September 14, 2009
I have two words for Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank: FUCK YOU.
As New York Rep. Gerald Nadler prepares to introduce a bill as early as tomorrow to overturn the viciously homophobic Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibits the Federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, Rep. Frank, the longest-serving, out gay member of Congress refuses to co-sponsor the bill.
Nadler first told the Bay Area Reporter that he intended to introduce a repeal bill and that the legislation would only affect same-sex marriages, not civil unions or domestic partnerships.
A “certainty provision” in the bill, Nadler said, would allow gay couples living in a state where marriage is not recognized to go to another state to marry and qualify for federal benefits when they return home.
Gay Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jared Polis (D-CO) will co-sponsor the legislation, but Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) hasn’t signed on in support, telling the Washington Blade he has a “strategic difference” with people supporting the repeal legislation:
“It’s not anything that’s achievable in the near term. I think getting [the Employment Non-Discrimination Act], a repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and full domestic partner benefits for federal employees will take up all of what we can do and maybe more in this Congress.”
What Frank is really saying is, he planned to introduce his own DOMA repeal bill sometime next year, possibly in the spring. Thus allowing him to bask in the media glory and receive major kudos from the LGBT community. It’s a shame Barney Frank let his enormous ego get in the way of LGBT equality but the fact is, he’s not important to the process.