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LuvNewcastle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-10-09 03:40 AM
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Frank calls gay rights march "a waste of time at best.."
http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=11291551

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Barney Frank, the first openly gay member of Congress, says he'd rather see gay rights supporters lobbying their elected officials than marching in Washington this weekend, calling the demonstration "a waste of time at best."

Frank , in an interview with The Associated Press, said he considers such demonstrations to be "an emotional release" that does little to pressure Congress.

"The only thing they're going to be putting pressure on is the grass," the Massachusetts Democrat said Friday.

Thousands of gay men and women are expected to gather for Sunday's National Equality March.

Many gay rights advocates have criticized President Barack Obama for not moving faster to keep his campaign promises to extend gay rights, and Congress has also drawn flak for not doing more. Obama plans to speak Saturday at a dinner hosted by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights group.

This weekend's activities in Washington aren't likely to have much impact with lawmakers, Frank said, since most of them are back in their states or districts for the Columbus Day holiday weekend.
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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-10-09 03:47 AM
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1. I like him most of the time but he is wrong.
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LuvNewcastle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-10-09 03:51 AM
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3. If he couldn't say anything constructive
about the demonstration, he should have kept his mouth shut.
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armyowalgreens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-10-09 03:49 AM
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2. I think we need both. They both serve a purpose.
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-10-09 03:52 AM
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4. my friend & i were just talking about this --he told me barney was going to
a fundraiser.

ugh.
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Zix Donating Member (881 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-10-09 05:24 AM
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5. This gay man agrees with him.
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Suji to Seoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-10-09 05:35 AM
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6. you want an effective demonstration, plan one for each asshole
who blocks gay rights bills and demonstrate in front of their homes! Wouldn't Jim DeMint like to see 10000 gay right adovcates in front of his door?
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Zix Donating Member (881 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-10-09 05:58 AM
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8. +1
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-10-09 05:50 AM
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7. Barney Frank has finally gotten to old to be any fun. n/t
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armyowalgreens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-10-09 05:59 AM
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9. Did you miss him at the town hall meeting?
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-10-09 06:02 AM
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10. Yeah, that was cool. But not exactly festive. n/t
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-10-09 06:12 AM
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11. It's a free country - but we're intelligent and CAPABLE enough to DO BOTH!!!
Still love him...
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