On Sunday’s State of the Union, former Democrat Congressman Barney Frank told CNN’s Gloria Borger that there are currently closeted homosexual members of Congress.
Borger asked if he believes they have the right to remain in the closet. Frank answered in the affirmative, but under one condition: “As long as he or she is supportive of legal protections.” Frank continued:
The issue where they lose me is hypocrisy. What I think is unacceptable is to vote a certain set of rules as an elected official and then violate them yourself. But if you are a Democrat, Republican — whatever — and you vote to allow people to do what you do, then I have no demand that you become public.
Frank is likely referring to his recent comments regarding resigning-Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) who has been accused of carrying out homosexual relationships while voting on policies some consider “anti-gay.”
During his tenure, Frank said he was pleasantly surprised that his homosexuality had “almost no negative effect” while serving in office. He said some knew at the time, yet most did not. For one thing, he said, he did not “conform to a gay stereotype.” The other: “Let’s be honest — I was much too badly dressed from the standpoint of a lot of people to think I was gay.”
Frank just released a new autobiography, “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage.”