Massachusetts Representative Barney
Frank believes support for gay marriage in the Democratic Platform is
a “good thing politically & morally.”
Democrats meeting in Charlotte, North
Carolina on Tuesday approved a party platform which includes support
for gay nuptials.
In July, the 72-year-old Frank married
his partner Jim Ready in Massachusetts, becoming the first sitting
member of Congress to enter into a marriage with a member of the same
Appearing on CNN, Frank, who in 1987
became the first congressman to voluntarily come out gay, discussed
what the party's move means to him.
“I feel very good that the party I
worked for so many years now says, 'You know what, we're going to
treat everybody in this country fairly and equally,'” Frank said.
“And I think, by the way, it's going to be a good thing politically
The legalization of gay marriage “has
no negative effect on anybody, and a positive effect on a lot of us,”
Frank also said that he was skeptical
of Mitt Romney's plans for the economy, saying that under his tenure
as governor of Massachusetts the state didn't experience much
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approve platform which includes gay marriage.)