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Barney Frank to Republicans: Stuff It !

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Barney Frank speaking in Fort Lauderdale Barney Frank speaking in Fort Lauderdale

Rep. Barney Frank has a Thanksgiving message for right-wing Republicans: Stuff it! Speaking at a fund-raising event in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 17, 2012, the famously gay member of the U.S. House of Representatives gave a rousing speech in defence of gay rights and marriage equality.

While he longed for bipartisanship, Frank said the issue with the greatest divide between Democrats and Republicans is same-sex marriage. He both praised and damned rich Wall Street investors who with one hand gave verbal support to marriage equality, while with the other hand they donated money to Gov. Romney's election campaign. What they offer us is no where near as important as what they take away by funding the opposition, Frank said. He challenged everyone to put their money where their mouth is.

"We have turned the tide in this very long fight against a vicious prejudice that has blighted the lives of so many people," declared Frank.

"There is now a consensus that Pres. Obama's support for same-sex marriage was a political issue in the campaign and it helped him a lot."

Frank likened the recent moves towards equality, such as the success on election night of gay marriage initiatives in four states, to a virtuous cycle- the opposite of a vicious cycle. "The more we achieve our rights the less plausible are the arguments that the achievement of our rights will result in social disorganization. We've killed the argument that we are bad for the military, and we are undermining the argument that there is a problem when we get married."

Frank was in town to receive an award from the Stonewall National Museum and

 Archives, which has just become the first gay museum to achieve affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. The award was presented by Brian McNaught, one of America's leading educators on gay issues.

Saying the Stonewall museum is very important, Frank gave his vision for the future. "I want the museum of the fight for gay rights to be like the
Museum of Natural History. People will walk in and see the exhibits and say 'Did there really used to be dinosaurs like that that didn't think people should be able to get married if they were in love?"

Frank made his views clear with a very public kiss with his husband James Ready. They got married earlier this year.

 

For more about the museum and its efforts to promote understanding, visit their website:

www.stonewallnationalmuseum.org. Also very much worth a visit is Brian's website: www.brian-mcnaught.com.

 

 

 

 

Clifford Cunningham

Dr. Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist. He earned his PhD in the history of astronomy at the University of Southern Queensland, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. In 2014 he was named a contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica. He is the author of 14 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honor in 1990 by the International Astronomical Union based on the recommendation of its bureau located at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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