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|Frank pessimistic about pro-LGBT legislation|
|Written by Ryan Watkins|
|Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:32|
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) told the Washington Blade today that he sees “zero chance” of any pro-LGBT legislation coming out of the House of Representatives in the next two years while under Republican control.
“It will be a status quo,” Frank told the paper. “They don’t have the votes to hurt us but we don’t have the votes to advance anything in the cause.”
Frank won a tough reelection battle during the midterm elections against Tea Party-backed Sean Bielat. The win secures his 16th term in the House.
The recent midterm elections saw Republicans take control of the House and make strides in the Senate, where Democrats continue to hold onto a majority by a slim margin.
Frank did say, however, that he hoped a repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy could happen during the lame duck session before Republicans assumed leadership.
Frank continued: “The Republicans have become much more anti-gay in their voting patterns. There is zero chance of anything good happening with Republicans in control of the House.”
The Blade has an extensive interview with Frank on its website. Click here to read.
Top photo: U.S. Rep. Barney Frank expresses doubt for any pro-LGBT legislation in the next Congressional session (courtesy photo)
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