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Frank Backs Clinton for Prez

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday November 14, 2007

With yesterday's announcement of support from Barney Frank, both of the two openly gay members of the U.S. House of Representatives have now endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, saying that a Clinton White House will be a better ally to GLBT Americans.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) made his announcement of support for Clinton's campaign yesterday, reported The Boston Globe (

Frank also said that if Sen. Clinton (D-NY) receives the nod from the Democratic Party to in next year's Presidential election, he would serve Clinton's campaign in an advisory capacity.

The Globe article included a quote from Frank, who said, "I have from the beginning of this campaign believed that Hillary Clinton was the candidate best qualified to serve as President."

Continued the Frank quote, which was part of a release from the Clinton campaign, "I am convinced that once elected, the qualities she will bring to the job--commitment, intellect, and political skills--will make her an extremely effective leader in our effort to reverse the badly flawed course on which George Bush and past Republican Congresses have set this country."

Frank praised Clinton as "the candidate best equipped to pass laws that will treat all Americans with dignity, fairness and equality no matter who they are or who they love."

Frank would serve Clinton's campaign as economic advisor. The representative chairs the House Financial Services Committee.

The other openly gay member of Congress, Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) has long declared her support for a Clinton nomination, reported The Nation today (link:

The Nation pointed out that Baldwin has already said she and Clinton do not agree on every point when it comes to equal treatment of GLBT Americans.

Clinton has said that she does not support marriage equality for gays and lesbians, though she is a proponent of civil unions.

For her part, Baldwin has said, "I support full marriage equality."

The Nation repeated a statement Baldwin had made last summer, when she first lent her support to Clinton's campaign. Said Baldwin, "We will voice encouragement for [Sen. Clinton] to be open to changing her opinion."

Clinton's major competition, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former Sen. John Edwards, also oppose marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

Nominee hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), however, breaks from the pack in saying that GLBT Americans should receive equal family recognition under law.

Said Kucinich, a longtime supporter of marriage equality, "This is really a question of whether you really believe in equality."

Continued Kucinich, "When you understand what real equality is, you understand that people who love each other must have the opportunity to be able to express that in a way that's meaningful."

Clinton has the lead among Democratic contenders according to current polls.

The Nation reported that Ann Lewis, who is Frank's sister, already acts as a senior advisor to Clinton's campaign.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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