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In case you care: Barney Frank is engaged
Hotair ^ | 01/26/2012 | Tina Korbe

Posted on 01/26/2012 4:42:52 PM PST by SeekAndFind

What — did you think that because he is retiring from Congress you wouldn’t have to hear about him ever again? Very sorry to bring him up, but here’s a shameless bit of salacious gossip for y’all:

Engaged: Barney Frank, 71, and longtime partner Jim Ready, 42, the congressman’s office confirmed for us Thursday, following a report by New England Cable News. Where? In Massachusetts, where gay nuptials were made legal in 2004. When? Sorry, that’s all the details they’d give. Frank is set to leave Congress next winter after 32 years, and he’s said the rigors of the job and the desire to devote more time to his relationship were factors. “I have a partner now,” Frank told Charlie Rose in an interview a couple weeks ago. “I’m in love for the first time in my life.”

There’s so much in that paragraph that I don’t like (nor do I want to contemplate the report that Frank’s partner is practically a Todd Palin lookalike), but if this Ready guy is one of the reasons he’s retiring, well then … I offer a weird and conflicted “yay!” to this news. (We all know redistricting is the real reason for Frank’s retirement — and, honestly, the definition of marriage is too important a cultural issue to make light of, but sometimes I laugh so as not to cry.)

Anyway. Let’s move quickly to a more relevant related question: What was Mitt Romney’s role in the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts in 2004? You might already know the answer, but I was fuzzy on the details, so I just spent a bit of time researching and am satisfied Romney’s not to blame for Barney Frank’s impending wedding.

As with so much of his political record, Romney’s part in the Massachusetts marriage drama was constrained by certain inalterable parameters. In other words, the excuse for his participation in gay marriage legalization is the same as his excuse for many of the sketchier parts of his past: He was the governor of the blue-as-blue-can-be Bay State, remember?

As a quick refresher: In 2004, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ultimately determined that a ban on same-sex marriage was contrary to the constitution of the state — and gave the legislature 180 days to change the state’s marriage laws accordingly. The legislature hadn’t taken action by May 17, the fixed deadline, but, that day, then-Gov. Mitt Romney nevertheless ordered town clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples so as to comply with the SJC’s decision. Later, though, he fought to ensure that the Massachusetts legislature at least granted a vote to a voters’ initiative to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriages. It was Gov. Deval Patrick who signed the repeal of a 1913 law that made it illegal for Massachusetts to grant a marriage license to non-resident couples if the marriage would be invalid in their home state. Deval’s signature opened the floodgates for non-resident same-sex couples to receive marriage licenses from Massachusetts. So, Mitt had nothing to do with that.

On this, Mitt Romney’s record is conflicted only because he demonstrated commitment to abiding by the state constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Judicial Court.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barneyfrank

1 posted on 01/26/2012 4:42:54 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 01/26/2012 4:45:23 PM PST by b4its2late (Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bahnee Fwank! The new American “male”. John Wayne is out and Bahnee Fwank is in. The buzzards are circling overhead. America is finished.


3 posted on 01/26/2012 4:45:46 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (For the first time in my adult life, I am ashamed of an American president.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is the best news I’ve heard all week. /sarcasm.


4 posted on 01/26/2012 4:46:58 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wonderful Romney-the-RINO defense on ONE issue. However, his Liberal stance on nearly all issues, including Romneycare and STATED position that he won’t Repeal Obamacare, he will “fix it” meaning he thinks the Gubmint should run the Healthcare for EVERYONE, with an individual MANDATE to buy it. He’s a loser, and Gingrich will kick his ass from now to the Nomination.


5 posted on 01/26/2012 4:47:48 PM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: SeekAndFind

6 posted on 01/26/2012 4:48:10 PM PST by tomkat (+1 for the white-haired smart guy)
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To: SeekAndFind

Demi, move over. 71-year-old Barney’s quite the gay cougar with his 42-year-old boytoy.


7 posted on 01/26/2012 4:48:37 PM PST by Argus
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To: SeekAndFind
Ewwww...just ewwwww.
8 posted on 01/26/2012 4:50:58 PM PST by mojito
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Will he wait to get his butt broke in until the wedding. not.


9 posted on 01/26/2012 4:51:16 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who are his bridesmaids?


10 posted on 01/26/2012 4:51:22 PM PST by Oratam
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To: SeekAndFind

I wish him hemoroids, I wish him all the best.


11 posted on 01/26/2012 4:51:22 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt The Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't know what is worse this, or you know at some point Dancing with the Stars is going to want to have him or the new "couple" on....
12 posted on 01/26/2012 4:51:48 PM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: SeekAndFind

They’ll probably get married on February 19...


13 posted on 01/26/2012 4:53:36 PM PST by vrwconspiracist (The Tax Man cometh)
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To: SeekAndFind

Doing this right before he retires likely means his pal gets a free health care ride into old age. Follow the money.


14 posted on 01/26/2012 4:54:19 PM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: SeekAndFind
Is there a schedule of events published yet? - a bridal shower, bachelor party, honeymoon booked?

Will FR be invited?

15 posted on 01/26/2012 4:54:39 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I just want to know where the honeymoon is....so I can make sure to never go there.


16 posted on 01/26/2012 4:55:52 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s engaged? Get a water hose and break it up.


17 posted on 01/26/2012 4:57:34 PM PST by linn37 (Newt supporter here.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who gets to carry whom over the threshold?


18 posted on 01/26/2012 4:57:52 PM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: SeekAndFind

To paraphrase Rush earlier today: Did the happy couple agree to an open marriage?


19 posted on 01/26/2012 5:02:03 PM PST by SERKIT
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To: SeekAndFind

Engaged in what?

(Never mind - don’t want to know.)


20 posted on 01/26/2012 5:06:33 PM PST by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: SeekAndFind

IBPUFTER (In Before Prayers Up For the Engaged Rockers)


21 posted on 01/26/2012 5:11:27 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SeekAndFind

EVERY time I see this headline today, up comes a visual image of Barney Frank in a wedding dress.


22 posted on 01/26/2012 5:12:43 PM PST by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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Oh Goshh... This so incredibly RIDICULOUS!... It actually makes laugh... in what world do we live in?... LoL.

I wonder who will be specially invited to the occacions..


23 posted on 01/26/2012 5:14:03 PM PST by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church in protecting our culture from perversion is ** DEAFENING **)
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To: SeekAndFind

"...aw jeeeezzzz, the rest of the evening is wounnnned, such images floating around in utterwise delightfully empty space......wounnnnnnnned"

24 posted on 01/26/2012 5:17:33 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: SeekAndFind

Who’s going to be the best man, Matt Fudge?


25 posted on 01/26/2012 5:18:32 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am sure that during the nuptials both will think of Romney with gratitude as they ‘toast’ each other.

By the way, which gets the chocolate cake? The pitcher or the catcher?


26 posted on 01/26/2012 5:27:40 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: traditional1
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=48457 As Governor, Romney Said "I Do" To Gay Marriage – AT Least 189 Times As a gay-marriage proponent, I was pleased to learn that then-Governor Willard Mitt Romney (R – Massachusetts) issued at least 189 special-issue, one-day marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2005 alone. While Team Romney argues that the SJC forced it to give gay couples conventional marriage licenses, the special, one-day licenses are a strictly gubernatorial choice, as Massachusetts law unambiguously states: Scott Helman and Scott S. Greenberger reported in the January 2, 2006 Boston Globe that “The applications Romney approved from same-sex couples included at least four from state legislators, including Jarrett T. Barrios, a state senator from Cambridge, members of the clergy from out of state, family members, and friends.” If Romney truly opposed gay marriage as fervently as he claims, he could have exercised his discretion and refused to grant these one-day licenses to same-sex couples. A tougher-but-fairer policy would have denied such licenses to everyone — gay or straight. Instead, under no obligation to do so, Romney chose to give these particular licenses to gay couples.
27 posted on 01/26/2012 5:28:41 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: traditional1

MESSED IT UP ABOVE, REPOST:

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=48457

As Governor, Romney Said “I Do” To Gay Marriage AT Least 189 Times

As a gay-marriage proponent, I was pleased to learn that then-Governor Willard Mitt Romney (R – Massachusetts) issued at least 189 special-issue, one-day marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2005 alone.

While Team Romney argues that the SJC forced it to give gay couples conventional marriage licenses, the special, one-day licenses are a strictly gubernatorial choice, as Massachusetts law unambiguously states:

Scott Helman and Scott S. Greenberger reported in the January 2, 2006 Boston Globe that “The applications Romney approved from same-sex couples included at least four from state legislators, including Jarrett T. Barrios, a state senator from Cambridge, members of the clergy from out of state, family members, and friends.”

If Romney truly opposed gay marriage as fervently as he claims, he could have exercised his discretion and refused to grant these one-day licenses to same-sex couples. A tougher-but-fairer policy would have denied such licenses to everyone — gay or straight. Instead, under no obligation to do so, Romney chose to give these particular licenses to gay couples.

Fans of gay marriage should thank Romney for these 189 or more instances in which he voluntarily used his gubernatorial authority to unite these same-sex couples so they might live happily ever after.

Foes of gay matrimony should ask Willard Mitt Romney if he really meant it when he said, “I have never supported same-sex marriage.” If so, why did he use his discretionary power to do just that — at least 189 times?


28 posted on 01/26/2012 5:29:51 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: JediJones

Now that there is funny!

LLS


29 posted on 01/26/2012 5:46:29 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Recession: You have no job* Depression: I have no job* Recovery: obama has no job!)
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To: SeekAndFind

ROTFLOL


30 posted on 01/26/2012 5:47:24 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t care that he is pretending to be engaged, nor will I care if he eventually pretends to be married. I just wish he would stop spending my tax dollars, because that’s not pretend, and it’s harming my children and my (eventual) grandchildren.


31 posted on 01/26/2012 6:03:40 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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32 posted on 01/26/2012 7:05:10 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: prisoner6
I wish him all the best.

Barney's best is behind him.

33 posted on 01/26/2012 7:07:27 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: vrwconspiracist

RE: They’ll probably get married on February 19...

Is there anything special about that date?


34 posted on 01/26/2012 7:26:49 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Did they invite Dick Assman to the wedding?


35 posted on 01/26/2012 7:56:01 PM PST by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The McGreevey defense with a twist; a gay marriage!
The only reason he is stepping down is because it is just a matter of time before his part of the rape of America is revealed..


36 posted on 01/26/2012 8:23:05 PM PST by cardinal4 (Bolton/Arpaio 2012 "Kick the UN across the border!")
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To: SeekAndFind

gag...


37 posted on 01/27/2012 5:41:01 AM PST by y6162
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks for asking. That’s the day Boston pitchers and catchers report....


38 posted on 01/27/2012 5:05:35 PM PST by vrwconspiracist (The Tax Man cometh)
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