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March 12, 2014

'The hate-mongers in America who have been repudiated here have found a place where they can bring their message'

Barney Frank, the first openly gay man to serve in the US House of Representatives, is blasting anti-gay Americans for spreading their message in Uganda.

'These people have been repudiated in America, they’re very unhappy,' Frank said in a radio interview this week.

'The American people have moved and are moving, every day toward the position that, if two people want to show attention to each other, two adults, that’s their business.'

November 27, 2013

As Hannukah begins, here is a countdown of celebrities, politicians, activists and comedians who have the best of both worlds

Hannukah, the eight day Jewish festival, began this week.

Every year Jewish communities around the world commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE.

At the time, Syrian King Antioch outlawed Judaism and converted the temple into a place of worship to Greek gods.

His actions sparked a revolt, and the temple was eventually taken back.

Hannukah was instituted to celebrate the success of the revolt.

May 12, 2013

Husband of Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan, Philip Frank, has become the first ever same-sex spouse to receive a spousal ID for the US House of Representatives

The US House of Representatives has issued its first ever spousal ID to the same-sex partner of a member of Congress.

Democratic Representative Mark Pocan’s husband Philip Frank received the ID on April 26 after the House of Representatives Sergeant At Arms informed Pocan that his husband was now eligible to receive a spousal ID.

Previously Philip Frank had had to use a ‘designee’ ID which merely recognized him as a guest of Pocan’s in the House of Representatives.

March 2, 2013

The English language mouthpiece of terrorist group Al Qaeda has criticized President Barack Obama’s support for marriage equality as valueless and pointed to openly gay congressman Barney Frank as a symbol of the corrupt American dream

Islamist terror group Al Qaeda has criticized the Obama Administration for its support for marriage equality and the election of openly gay public officials in the United States.

In the latest issue of the group’s English language mouthpiece, Inspire, an infographic attacks the US for ‘standing on no values,’ quoting President Barack Obama as saying, ‘My stance is still evolving … I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.’

January 31, 2013

Massachusetts governor does not appoint former congressman to John Kerry's vacated seat

Barney Frank, the first openly gay man in history to serve in the US Congress, will not be returning to Washington DC as a senator.

Frank had hoped to be appointed, on an interim basis, to the seat vacated this week by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. But the state's governor, Deval Patric, instead appointed his former chief of staff William 'Mo' Cowan.

January 31, 2013

Massachusetts governor does not appoint former congressman to John Kerry's vacated seat

Barney Frank, the first openly gay man in history to serve in the US Congress, will not be returning to Washington DC as a senator.

Frank had hoped to be appointed, on an interim basis, to the seat vacated this week by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. But the state's governor, Deval Patric, instead appointed his former chief of staff William 'Mo' Cowan.

January 4, 2013

Former congressman from Massachusetts has confirmed his desire to fill John Kerry's seat on temporary basis

Barney Frank had his last day as a congressman this week but he's eyeing a return to the US capitol as a senator.

If current Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is nominated and confirmed, as is expected, to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will need to appoint someone to Kerry's seat for approximately three months until a special election can be held.

Frank, the first openly gay member of the House, wants the appointment.

January 4, 2013

Former congressman from Massachusetts has confirmed his desire to fill John Kerry's seat on temporary basis

Barney Frank had his last day as a congressman this week but he's eyeing a return to the US capitol as a senator.

If current Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is nominated and confirmed, as is expected, to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will need to appoint someone to Kerry's seat for approximately three months until a special election can be held.

Frank, the first openly gay member of the House, wants the appointment.

December 31, 2012

Says Chuck Hagel 'voted consistently against fairness for LGBT people'

On his last day as a US congressman, Barney Frank blasted former senator Chuck Hagal who President Barack Obama is considering nominating to be the next secretary of defense.

Frank, the first openly gay person to ever serve in the congress, has not forgotten Hagel's words from 1998 when a gay man, James Hormel, was nominated by then-President Bill Clinton to be US Ambassador to Luxembourg.

December 31, 2012

Says Chuck Hagel 'voted consistently against fairness for LGBT people'

On his last day as a US congressman, Barney Frank blasted former senator Chuck Hagal who President Barack Obama is considering nominating to be the next secretary of defense.

Frank, the first openly gay person to ever serve in the congress, has not forgotten Hagel's words from 1998 when a gay man, James Hormel, was nominated by then-President Bill Clinton to be US Ambassador to Luxembourg.

December 24, 2012

He does not rule out temporarily replacing John Kerry if Massachusetts senator is appointed Secretary of State

Barney Frank, the first openly gay congressman in US history, does not rule out temporaily replacing John Kerry as the senator from Massachusetts should Kerry be appointed secretary of state.

Kerry's current Senate term does not end until 2014 so should he vacate the office, his replacement would be chosen by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Kerry, Frank and Patrick are all Democrats.

December 24, 2012

He does not rule out temporarily replacing John Kerry if Massachusetts senator is appointed Secretary of State

Barney Frank, the first openly gay congressman in US history, does not rule out temporaily replacing John Kerry as the senator from Massachusetts should Kerry be appointed secretary of state.

Kerry's current Senate term does not end until 2014 so should he vacate the office, his replacement would be chosen by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Kerry, Frank and Patrick are all Democrats.

December 20, 2012

Gay congressman unhappy anti-gay judge will help decide California's Propsition 8 case next year

In his final days as a US congressman, Barney Frank is slamming Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for his anti-gay views and remarks.

During a lecture at Princeton University earlier this month, Scalia answered a student's question about his position on sodomy laws and the judge equated his moral opposition to homosexuality to his moral opposition to murder.

December 17, 2012

'I’m hoping to get paid well to do what I do now for nothing'

As Barney Frank's days as an elected official come to and, the first openly gay member of the US House of Representatives has hired an agent.

The outspoken Frank, 71, has been one of the more colorful personalities in Washington DC over the past three decades and a frequent guests on network and cable political shows.

December 17, 2012

'I’m hoping to get paid well to do what I do now for nothing'

As Barney Frank's days as an elected official come to and, the first openly gay member of the US House of Representatives has hired an agent.

The outspoken Frank, 71, has been one of the more colorful personalities in Washington DC over the past three decades and a frequent guests on network and cable political shows.

October 2, 2012

Gay Massachusetts congressman agrees with decision to appeal Federal Court ruling

US Congressman Barney Frank does not believe his home state of Massachusetts should pay for sex-reassignment surgery for a convicted murderer.

A federal court recently ruled that the state must foot the bill for transgender inmate Michelle Kosilek who is serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility for the 1990 murder of her wife in 1990.

The court ruling is being appealed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Frank said Monday (1 October) that he agrees with the move.

October 2, 2012

Gay Massachusetts congressman agrees with decision to appeal Federal Court ruling

US Congressman Barney Frank does not believe his home state of Massachusetts should pay for sex-reassignment surgery for a convicted murderer.

A federal court recently ruled that the state must foot the bill for transgender inmate Michelle Kosilek who is serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility for the 1990 murder of her wife in 1990.

The court ruling is being appealed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Frank said Monday (1 October) that he agrees with the move.

September 27, 2012

Outspoken gay politician says he once ate a pot brownie: 'It made me sleepy'

Congressman Barney Frank calls the US ban on marijuana a 'big hypocrisy' and says too much money is being spent on prosecuting people who smoke it.

'Instead of this being a drain on our resources, we could tax it like anything else and use it as a contribution to revenues,' the openly gay politician said in an interview with CNN.

Frank, who is retiring from congress in November, said he himself does not smoke pot but he did have marijuana once - as a snack.

'I did have a brownie once,' he said. 'It made me sleepy.'

September 27, 2012

Outspoken gay politician says he once ate a pot brownie: 'It made me sleepy'

Congressman Barney Frank calls the US ban on marijuana a 'big hypocrisy' and says too much money is being spent on prosecuting people who smoke it.

'Instead of this being a drain on our resources, we could tax it like anything else and use it as a contribution to revenues,' the openly gay politician said in an interview with CNN.

Frank, who is retiring from congress in November, said he himself does not smoke pot but he did have marijuana once - as a snack.

'I did have a brownie once,' he said. 'It made me sleepy.'

September 18, 2012

Says beleagured Republican presidential nominee's comments 'an attack on the moral character' of many Americans

It's clear that Barney Frank, the first openly gay congressman in US history, is no fan of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney who he has previously referred to as 'myth Romney.'

Now a secretly recorded video which surfaced late Monday (17 September) in which Romney describes nearly half the US electorate as 'dependent on government' because they don't pay federal income taxes has Frank blasting Romney with renewed vigor.

September 12, 2012

Gay conservatives and gay Democratic congressman continue war of words

Barney Frank, the first openly gay US congressman in history, has not backed off his harsh words for gays who belong to the Log Cabin Republicans.

Last week, Frank drew a strong response from the group's leadership after he labeled them 'Uncle Toms.'

September 12, 2012

Gay conservatives and gay Democratic congressman continue war of words

Barney Frank, the first openly gay US congressman in history, has not backed off his harsh words for gays who belong to the Log Cabin Republicans.

Last week, Frank drew a strong response from the group's leadership after he labeled them 'Uncle Toms.'

September 6, 2012

'I now understand why they call themselves Log Cabin: their role model is Uncle Tom'

Barney Frank, the first openly gay US congressman in history, has some harsh words for gay people who belong to the group Log Cabin Republicans.

'I now understand why they call themselves Log Cabin: their role model is Uncle Tom,' the famous liberal says in an interview at the Democratic National Convention where he will speak tonight (6 September).

September 6, 2012

'I now understand why they call themselves Log Cabin: their role model is Uncle Tom'

Barney Frank, the first openly gay US congressman in history, has some harsh words for gay people who belong to the group Log Cabin Republicans.

'I now understand why they call themselves Log Cabin: their role model is Uncle Tom,' the famous liberal says in an interview at the Democratic National Convention where he will speak tonight (6 September).