May 9th, 2012
07:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Rep. Barney Frank: 'A sign that things have evolved'

(CNN) – The first openly gay member of Congress, Rep. Barney Frank, reacted to President Barack Obama's support of same-sex marriage on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."

"I'm very pleased," the Massachusetts Democrat said. "It's both a cause and an effect. Obviously as well intentioned as the president is, as much as he is opposed to discrimination, lots are constrained by public opinion. It is a sign that things have evolved. No president could have done this ten years ago. Secondly, it will be very helpful because it will help persuade other people about this and I think about 15-year-olds in school somewhere being picked on and bullied. Now the president of the United States has said, 'Hey, you know what, you're as important as anybody else.'"


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  1. Anonymous

    Know who else support gay marriage? Over half the country.

    May 9, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. Larry J

    evolved l dont think so.The word of God dose not change,Just because the President has.Sin is rampet in America.
    Marrage set forth by God is one mam one woman period.He only wants the money and the votes.

    May 9, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. Cindy

    Spot on Mr. Frank!

    May 9, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Democrats, stay united, rescue from GOP thugs to rob the election. Obama12.

    May 9, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. s.s

    Barney Frank, "I'm very pleased," the Massachusetts Democrat said. "It's both a cause and an effect. Obviously as well intentioned as the president is, as much as he is opposed to discrimination, lots are constrained by public opinion. It is a sign that things have evolved. No president could have done this ten years ago. Secondly, it will be very helpful because it will help persuade other people about this and I think about 15-year-olds in school somewhere being PICKED ON and bullied.
    AND THE BULLIED NOW TURNS THE BULLY
    "North Carolina's newly approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage has sparked an effort to convince the Democratic Party to move its upcoming national convention somewhere else." PATHETIC!!

    May 10, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  6. Thomas

    Not all Americans believe in Evolution !

    Religion and Evolution. The Evolution of God !

    May 10, 2012 02:09 am at 2:09 am |