Frank Criticizes Republican Assault on Same-Sex Marriage Issue

Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has called Sen. Dole’s anti-same-sex marriage bill a “sleazy” attempt to divide President Clinton and his supporters. While Clinton has said he does not favor same-sex marriages, he has not taken a position on Dole “Defense of Marriage Act” which would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and would allow states to discount same-sex marriages performed in other states. Frank calls the move against same-sex marriages “another Willie Horton,” citing the negative ads used against 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis to depict the former Massachusetts Gov. as soft on crime.


The New York Times, May 14, 1996

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