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08/12/2009

High-ranking Dems rub shoulders; Maine anti-gays rub desperation lamp

by Jeremy Hooper

Wanna see far-right desperation in action? Well check this out. The folks at the Maine Family Policy Council, who are a major force behind the attempt to roll back marriage equality in the Pine Tree State, have written a new piece wherein their sole, convoluted point is to somehow fault President Obama because he dared to pose for a picture with Congressman Barney Frank and his longtime partner:

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(Ed. Note: MFPC titles this pic "OddTrio.jpg")

The photo shows a smiling trio comprised of Congressman Barney Frank, his 'partner,' a resident of Ogunquit, and yes, Barak Obama. The photo was taken in connection with an invitation by Obama for Frank and his 'partner' to visit the White House for a screening of the movie "Milk." The movie "Milk" is based on the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly homosexual elected official in California.
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Barney Frank became part of the same sex marriage debate in Maine when he was the Guest of Honor at a victory celebration for same sex marriage, attended by the top Democrats in the state, including Attorney General Janet Mills, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and Trish Riley, the Director of the Maine Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance.

The RECORD has learned that Barney Frank and his much younger 'partner' have met Obama on at least two prior occasions, once at the Inauguration, and a second time during a retreat in Williamsburg, Virginia for Democrat lawmakers.
The Ogunquit Connection [MFPC]

Wait a minute, MFPC: You mean to say that a longtime U.S. Congressman who is also Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee managed to meet with the president? And that that same Congressman managed to introduce the president to his longtime partner in the same way that his heterosexual colleagues would without so much as comment? And that President Obama seems to have greeted the men by calling them "gentleman" rather than "sodomite sinners"? STOP. THE. F***IN'. PRESSES!

Why next you're gonna tell us that the votes of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus actually get to count in the exact same way as their hetero peers, and not in the quarter-of-a-vote (at best) percentage that you all would surely seek.

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It really annoys me that they won't call him PRESIDENT Obama. They even refuse to fear quote him.

The last line is a nice bit of slanted history. "After Milk's tragic murder failed to result in the proper conviction, radical homosexual activists rioted, smashing the windows of City Hall in San Francisco and setting police cars on fire in the riot now known as 'White Night.'"

Posted by: Matt Algren | Aug 12, 2009 9:55:15 AM

Notice the part about the radical, rioting homosexuals smashing and burning public property because they did not get what they wanted. This is all part of a larger agenda to portray the gays as radical and possibly violent outsiders who have imposed same sex marriage on innocent, homespun Mainers. This sort of appeal to fear worked nicely in the conservative Central Valley counties in CA. Marriage equality was portrayed as something forced on the simple, traditional country folk by out of control liberals from the coastal counties.

Posted by: WilliamM | Aug 12, 2009 11:05:26 AM

"The RECORD has learned that Barney Frank and his much younger 'partner'..."

I love the inference to the MUCH YOUNGER partner. As if he's a pre-schooler. I wonder if they refer to all the younger spouses of their Conservative anti-equality cohorts as "much younger", too?

Posted by: Taylor | Aug 12, 2009 11:05:32 AM

It's the fear quotes around 'partner' that disturbs me the most. Because anti-marriage-equality activists say that it's only us taking the word "marriage" they object to. LIE.

Posted by: StaleCake | Aug 12, 2009 12:11:24 PM

The Maine 'Family' Counsel, constantly has to put 'partner' in quotes because they can't 'conceive' of a committed homo relationship, let alone 'longtime,' which you mentioned, but they convenienly omitted.

Posted by: Bonnie_Half-Elven | Aug 12, 2009 12:12:28 PM

How dare us gays act like normal human beings. I tell you we deserve a spankie.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Aug 12, 2009 12:13:49 PM

Of course not Taylor, you should know by now gays are disgusting perverts for doing something no one raises an eye at when straights do it, so what if half of congress has a wife/mistress atleast half they're age? they're good decent straight people.

Posted by: penguinsaur | Aug 12, 2009 12:15:02 PM

The quotations the religious right uses; i.e. gay 'marriage', his longtime 'partner', gay 'rights', is really starting to piss me off. Who would have thought punctuation could be so demeaning?

Posted by: Ashton | Aug 12, 2009 12:41:25 PM

Forget fear quotes -- I believe the quotes around the word partner here would more accurately be referred to as Dick Fingers.

Posted by: Jaime | Aug 12, 2009 12:43:34 PM

A gay vote should only count as 10%/2%/.0000001% (depending on which right-wing statistics you're reading today) because that's the percentage of fag-bags in society. And if they want a proper vote, they could just go to therapy and change into straight people, amirite?[/bigot]

I also noticed the quotes around "partner". I wonder what they think the correct term should be. Butt-buddy? Cock-socket? First Mate on the butt pirate ship to hell? I have no idea.

Posted by: Celia | Aug 12, 2009 1:05:15 PM

I have noticed the "aversion" to addressing / refering to the President of the United States with proper title. The same was done in the presidential primaries with Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama, leaving out that as Senators they are addressed as "Senator _____" Funny, I do not remember
Mc Cain being treated the same way. I suppose if you do not use the proper title, you ae denying appropriate respect of the person.

Posted by: Bob Miller | Aug 12, 2009 3:19:26 PM

What a disgusting photo. No wonder Barney "Elmer Fudd" Frank has such an aversion to criticizing Obama. Don't want to ruin those cozy cocktail parties!

Posted by: Let'sFaceIt | Aug 13, 2009 12:37:14 AM

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