U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, one of the nation’s leading gay rights champions, blasted President Obama yesterday over a controversial anti-gay marriage court filing and is calling on the commander in chief to explain himself.
“I think the administration made a big mistake. The wording they used was inappropriate,” Frank (D-Newton) said of a brief filed by Obama’s Department of Justice that supported the Defense of Marriage Act.
The DOJ brief, which has touched off a firestorm of anger in the gay community, argued that states should not have to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, just as states don’t have to recognize incestuous marriages or unions involving underage girls.
“I’ve been in touch with the White House and I’m hoping the president will make clear these were not his views,” Frank said.
Barney is never at a loss for words. Yet, it took him five days to respond to the DOMA brief. And “inappropriate” is the best he could come up with after having been compared to incest and pedophilia?
Let’s face it: LGBT Americans have been let down by our “leaders.” Imagine if any other group of Americans had been so maliciously maligned by the administration in an official document. Insert “African-American” or “Jewish,” and I doubt it would take five days for their leaders to respond. Be more like five minutes.
Oh, and Barney wants us to keep giving money to the DNC:
“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.”
Yeah, such a bad idea – after all, you might miss out on the 10,400 square foot spa.
As we noted below, according to both the New York Times and NBC the White House only paid attention to our issues after the financial boycott started. The Democrats don’t seem to care much about our civil rights, but when the gay ATM goes bust, suddenly we get our calls returned. Despite Barney’s pleas, I doubt many gay leaders are going to want to cross a picket line, while their faces are being photographed and videotaped by the Washington Blade, in order to hand thousands of dollars to a party that just compared our love to incest and pedophilia.