Bil Browning

Barney Frank: LGBT issues are going nowhere

Filed By Bil Browning | November 10, 2010 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Barney Frank, gay rights, LGBT issues

Barney Frank told The Washington Blade this week that LGBT rights issues has "zero chance" under a Republican controlled House of Representatives.zero.jpg Color me surprised.

...Frank also said he was confident that the Senate, of which Democrats retained control, would join President Obama in blocking any anti-gay bills that conservative Republicans might introduce over the next two years.

He added, "It will be a status quo. They don't have the votes to hurt us but we don't have the votes to advance anything in the cause."
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"The Republicans have become much more anti-gay in their voting patterns," he said. "There is zero chance of anything good happening with Republicans in control of the House."

However, Republicans won't be able to repeal Washington DC's marriage law. Obama would never sign such a law and it wouldn't make it through the Senate according to Rep Frank.


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Angela Brightfeather | November 10, 2010 12:34 PM

Oh gee willikers!!!!!

Perhaps Congressman Frank should go and talk with the Log Cabin Republicans. That might get something rolling in the House. LOL Lets see how much juice those idiots have now with the "Tan Man".

"that LGBT rights issues has "zero chance" under a Republican controlled House of Representatives" So, things are the same as they were before the election? Good to know.

LGBT support in the House is about 50/50 despite the Republican majority. In the Senate we will have 54 LGBT-supportive Senators.

It's 1994 all-over-again. Now, what?

Frank's solution is to elect more Democrats because that's the business he's in. The real solution is to take our message to the people. Or we can just repeat the last 16 years.

The problem with the Republicans is they actually tend to keep their people voting together unlike the Democrats. The Democrats had the super majority to move those pieces of legislation they claimed to support but frittered away that advantage without moving ENDA or repeal of DADT or DOMA. If they are serious about LGBT issues why not throw ENDA out of committee right now in the lame duck session? The worst it will do is show us who will show up for us and who will not. We all realize already that the Republican controlling the next session of the House has has no interest in Civil Rights.

The Democrats never had 60 LGBT-supportive votes. Ever. You have to subtract the religious/conservative Democrats from your "super majority." We had 57 votes. Now we have 55 or 56 votes (lame-duck session). In January we will have 53 votes.

Go Andrew. Don't let anyone rewrite history. We never had a "super majority."

Where the hell did that thought come from?

58 Democrats, plus 2 Independents is 60 votes, but not "LGBT-supportive votes." We (LGBT Community) had only 57 votes and now, in the lame-duck session "we" will have 53. It gets worse in January.

So, no - "we" have never had a super majority in the US Senate. You can count all Democrats as supporters if you want, but that isn't the reality.