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Barney Frank Joined “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd | “Our Reality as LGBT People Beat the Prejudice”


Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) joined yesterday’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd to discuss his new memoir, “Frank.” The former Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts says same-sex marriage has advanced because people stopped hiding.


“Well, I tell you, our reality as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people beat the prejudice.  I mean, the central mechanism is that we stopped hiding. And it turns out we weren’t what the stereotype was.  But clearly, there was a point when the notion that I could get married to Jim while I was still in Congress would’ve been the most bizarre possibility.


I remember the time I got married, someone said, “Well, would it be controversial if you got married while you were still in Congress?”  And the answer was, yes it was.  A lot of my colleagues were mad that they didn’t get invited.  So our reality is that.  On the other side, I think the fundamental issue, and it does go back to a Clinton campaign statement, “It’s the economy, stupid.””


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