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Barney Frank: Any Self Respecting Gay or Lesbian Shouldn’t Be Voting Republican (No S**t)

The gone but never forgotten Rep. Barney Frank, in an interview with Palms Springs’ Desert Outlook sounded off on why lesbians and gays should never vote Republican:

Any gay or lesbian person with any self-respect should not be voting for any of the Republicans, including Mitt Romney, who made the degrading comment in one of the recent debates about how he kept Massachusetts from being the Las Vegas of gay marriage, kind of cheapening this very profound thing for us. This is a faker who in 1994, when he was trying to beat Ted Kennedy in a different era, said ‘Oh, I’ll be better than him on gay rights,’ and of course he’s been outrageous.

“In fact in 2004, when the Massachusetts Supreme Court had ruled in favor of gay rights, there was an effort in the state Legislature to overturn it. Mitt Romney led a fight against a whole lot of legislators who had courageously voted with us to uphold gay marriage, and he tried very hard to defeat them. I think he gave the business I’m in a bad name. He is the most unprincipled, dishonest, intellectually flexible guy I’ve seen. There does not appear to be any public policy to which he’s committed.”

Well thank you Captain Obvious.  But what you really should be focusing on is trying to get the LGBT Community out and to the poles en masse to actually vote for Obama.

After the past four years of pulling teeth with the Administration to take a more forceful stand on our bigger issues and Obama’s recent refusal to sign an Executive Order against LGBT Job Discrimination the bloom is beginning to fade on the rose and the energy and excite of the “fierce advocate” that Obama created in 2008 is nowhere near where it was.

The goal right now isn’t to stop LGBT’s to not vote Republican.  Many won’t do that no matter what.

The goal should be to get the disenchanted to actually leave their homes on Election Day and get out to vote.

Give them a reason to have faith that Obama and the Democrats will grow some balls after the next election .

Refusing to sign the Executive Order was a huge mistake on Obama’s part.  And as for the DNC, until it embraces and promotes a plank of FULL LGBT Equality and a progressive agenda and turns its backs on the so called “Blue Dogs” our turning out to vote will always be up in the air.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact:

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