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Barney Frank passed over as interim U.S. Senator

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The governor of Massachusetts on Wednesday announced his choice for the interim replacement for outgoing Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) — and it’s not the gay former U.S. House member who was publicly lobbying for the position. [ Read more → ]
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Barney Frank asks for U.S. Senate appointment

Friday, January 4, 2013
One day out of retirement as a member of the U.S. House, Barney Frank said Friday that he has asked Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to appoint him as the interim senator to replace John Kerry, who is expected to be confirmed Secretary of State later this month. [ Read more → ]
Barney FrankFile photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Barney Frank comes out in opposition to Hagel nomination

Monday, December 31, 2012
Retiring gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) announced on Monday that he strongly opposes the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary based on the former senator’s 1998 anti-gay comments and record on LGBT issues. [ Read more → ]
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Joe Kennedy III wins seat held by retiring congressman Barney Frank

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
BOSTON -- The American first family of Democratic politics is back in national prominence as the 32-year-old grandson of the slain New York Senator Robert Kennedy has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District. [ Read more → ]

Barney Frank on Mitt Romney: ‘Willing to trash minority groups for political advancement’

Thursday, September 27, 2012
In a new video for the "Mitt Gets Worse" campaign, retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) speaks about his experiences with Mitt Romney and gives his opinion on how Mitt would "get worse" is elected President. [ Read more → ]
Richard Tisei

Barney Frank opposes gay candidate for U.S. House because he’s a Republican

Friday, September 14, 2012
BOSTON, Mass. -- Retiring U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) says will not support the election of another openly gay man running for his seat because the congressional hopeful, Richard Tisei, is a Republican. [ Read more → ]
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Barney Frank slams gay Republicans for ‘willing to be accepted with no rights’

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), speaking at an LGBT caucus meeting at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday slammed gay Republicans for supporting the GOP even as their party works to deny rights for the LGBT community. [ Read more → ]

Democratic platform committee hears marriage equality testimony

Saturday, July 28, 2012
The fight to include a marriage equality plank in the 2012 Democratic Party platform is heating up as one LGBT advocate drew on support from Democratic governors and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in testimony urging platform committee members to adopt such language. [ Read more → ]

Barney Frank weds partner, becomes first U.S. Congressman to enter into same-sex marriage

Sunday, July 8, 2012
BOSTON -- Openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Saturday wed his partner of five years, James Ready, becoming the first sitting member of the U.S. Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Barney Frank calls Mitt Romney ‘despicable’ for anti-gay views

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Rep. Barney Frank tore into Mitt Romney for his anti-gay positions Tuesday night, calling the presumptive Republican presidential nominee “despicable.” [ Read more → ]

Fischer wonders how many men died of AIDS because of Barney Frank

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
On Monday, Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank announced that he will not seek reelection next year, and American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer wondered "how many people were drawn or encouraged in some way by Barney Frank’s example to dabble in a lifestyle that eventually cost them their health and maybe even cost them their lives.” [ Read more → ]

Barney Frank announces his retirement from Congress in 2012

Monday, November 28, 2011
WASHINGTON -- The longest serving openly gay member of Congress won’t seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2012, according to a statement from his office. [ Read more → ]
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House Democrats to Boehner: Mr. Speaker, your DOMA attorney is out of line

Monday, September 26, 2011
Six Democratic lawmakers on Monday sent U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), a letter reiterating their request for a briefing on the efforts of the law firm hired by the Speaker to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in several ongoing federal court challenges. [ Read more → ]

Massachusetts congressional delegation releases ‘It Gets Better’ video

Thursday, July 28, 2011
The Massachusetts congressional delegation on Wednesday released their video contribution to the "It Gets Better Project," aimed at inspiring LGBT youth facing adversity and depression. [ Read more → ]
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Gay lawmakers urge Obama to veto defense bill with anti-gay amendments

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and the three other openly gay members of Congress has asked President Barack Obama to veto the defense spending bill if it contains language that delays the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the ban on openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]
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Barney Frank’s Playboy interview: ‘Anti-gay prejudice is on its way out’

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), one of only four openly gay lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives, gives a candid interview with Playboy magazine. [ Read more → ]

ENDA and gay immigration rights bills reintroduced in U.S. Congress

Friday, April 15, 2011
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, and on Thursday a bill to help bi-national LGBT couples was also re-intorduced. This brings the total 15 the number of pro-LGBT bills introduced to the House and Senate in the 112th Congress. [ Read more → ]
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Barney Frank re-introduces ‘Employment Non-Discrimination Act’ in Congress

Thursday, April 7, 2011
U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) formally re-introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) into Congress on Wednesday with 111 co-sponsors, nearly half the number of co-sponsors than in the previous Congress. [ Read more → ]
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Sponsors of DOMA repeal press Boehner for briefing on House defense efforts

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Lead sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act -- the bill aimed at repealing the Defense of Marriage Act -- are pressing House Speaker John Boehner for a briefing on any activities relating to plans by the House general counsel to defend DOMA. [ Read more → ]
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Frank plans to reintroduce Employment Non-Discrimination Act this week

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is expected to reintroduce the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) this week, as early as Wednesday, but said he was not optimistic about the bill's passage in the near term. [ Read more → ]
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House committee OKs measure aimed at ending support to anti-gay countries

Thursday, March 17, 2011
The House Financial Services Committee this week voted to approve a bill aimed at discouraging U.S. aid to countries that persecute their citizens because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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Democrats introduce bills in House and Senate to repeal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Congressional Democrats on Wednesday went on the offensive, introducing bills in both the House and Senate aimed at repealing the "Defense of Marriage Act." [ Read more → ]

‘Tea Party’ protesters hurl racial, anti-gay epithets at lawmakers

Saturday, March 20, 2010
Tea Party health care protesters showed their true colors Saturday, hurling racial slurs at black lawmakers and anti-gay epithets at openly gay congressman Barney Frank. [...] [ Read more → ]

Senate committee postpones hearings on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Saturday, November 21, 2009
A planned November hearing by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee to consider ending a ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military will be postponed, a spokeswoman indicated Friday. "We do not have a date" for the hearing, said the aide, Tara Andringa.... [ Read more → ]

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal may be attached to 2011 defense budget

Sunday, November 15, 2009
The effort to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will likely come next year as an amendment to the Defense Department spending bill, rather than through a standalone bill, according to gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), reports the Washington Blade. Frank said in an interview with... [ Read more → ]
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