Frank slams Obama for 'big mistake' on Defense of Marriage Act

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    Jun 17, 2009 11:20 PM GMT
    "Four days after the Justice Department filed a brief strongly supporting the Defense of Marriage Act, openly gay Rep. Barney Frank said the Obama administration made a "big mistake" and is calling on the president to clearly explain his views on the matter.

    "I think the administration made a big mistake. The wording they used was inappropriate," the Massachusetts Democrat told the Boston Herald during an interview published in the paper's Wednesday edition."

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/06/17/frank-slams-obama-for-big-mistake-on-defense-of-marriage-act/

    I am glad I have spoken with my congressman's aide so he will know that his gay constituents are behind Barney Frank and see the DOJ bried is a fucking insult that has broken the patience of gays.
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    Jun 18, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
    I think you should look at Barney's latest statement. He now says that his denunciation was a mistake. His statement is deeply flawed on a number of levels and I encourage everyone to read John Aravosis' destruction of him. He really takes Barney to the woodshed, and rightly so.

    And he still wants us to keep giving to the DNC despite their antagonistic actions: “There are a lot of people who aren’t boycotting [the upcoming DNC $1,000 a plate gay fundraiser],” he said. “I think it’s a mistake to deny money to the DNC.”
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    Jun 18, 2009 1:01 AM GMT
    You can contact Barney Frank here:
    http://www.house.gov/frank/contact.html

    WASHINGTON

    2252 Rayburn Building
    Washington, DC 20515

    tel: (202) 225-5931
    fax: (202) 225-0182

    NEWTON

    29 Crafts Street
    Newton, MA 02458

    tel: (617) 332-3920
    fax: (617) 332-2822

    NEW BEDFORD

    558 Pleasant Street #309
    New Bedford, MA 02740

    tel: 508 999-6462
    fax: 508 999-6468

    TAUNTON

    The Jones Building
    29 Broadway
    Suite 310
    Taunton, MA 02780

    tel: 508 822-4796
    fax: 508 822-8186

    I was going to call his office tomorrow to thank him for his support. Now, it will be a call to express my disappointment in him.
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    Jun 18, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
    Thanks for the posting, ep!
  • swimbikerun

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    Jun 18, 2009 1:18 AM GMT
    I'm really disappointed with Barack Obama so far. He claims he's a fierce advocate of gays. Look at him: co-opting three of our favorite words in one sentence!
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    Jun 18, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    swimbikerun saidI'm really disappointed with Barack Obama so far. He claims he's a fierce advocate of gays. Look at him: co-opting three of our favorite words in one sentence!


    LOL icon_biggrin.gif Thanks, we always need a little humor to keep our sanity.
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    Jun 18, 2009 11:29 AM GMT
    I suggest it is important to let your Representative & Senators know how you feel. They need to know that their constituents think this is important.
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    Jun 18, 2009 1:03 PM GMT
    Reading the article made me laugh at the headline of Frank 'slamming' the DOMA court issue. Seems to me that Rep. Jared Polis and former Clinton adviser David Mixner were more upset by it than Frank. I also looked at the pushback against Frank. It was pretty spot on. Do I think we are on our own at this point? No, but that doesn't mean I think deaf ears and blind eyes are in order. Let's be clear. Obama said before becoming president and after becoming president that he personally thinks marriage is the sole union of a man and a woman. He also said he is against a federal constitutional ban against gay marriage because of its discriminatory nature. Says the same about DOMA. While I vehemently disagree with the language in the brief and as much as it pisses me off, the DOJ had a job to do and they did it. Obama also said that he believes that this is an issue for the states while the majority of us believes and wants the federal government to do something. Fine. If that is the way we play it, so be it. I have said before that we take a page from Obama's playbook. He got into office via a grand scale grassroots effort. I, though not initially (behind Romney first, then Clinton and finally Obama) was part of that. That will be our best chance against DOMA.

    If the effort can be made to get gay marriage legal in a majority of the states, then the case to overturn DOMA will be infinitely stronger. A prime example of this is the overturning of the ban prohibiting interracial marriage. In 1976, a majority of states had already abolish the ban at the state level. The case was taken to the US Supreme Court and all existing state laws were struck down, overturning a long standing ban. It began in the individual states. Whether we like it or not, this going to require us to do the work, not the federal government on this issue. If my parents, who were illegally wed (as well as their parents) could take the fight to the streets and ultimately to the highest court in the land, so can we.