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Barney Frank On GetEQUAL's ENDA Protest: What A Stupid Thing To Do

Barney Frank was not pleased by yesterday's GetEQUAL action at a House Labor Committee meeting. Chris Geidner at MetroWeekly reports:
''What a stupid thing to do.'' Those were the first words an agitated Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) spit out when commenting on the Get Equal protest that happened Wednesday morning, April 21, at a meeting of the House Education and Labor Committee. On Sunday, the openly gay Frank said the committee would be marking up and voting on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) ''this week or next.'' The activists, led by Get Equal co-founder Robin McGehee, weren't waiting. Signs and markers in hand, they walked right up the aisle of the hearing room on Wednesday to Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.), offering him a marker to mark up the bill right then. Frank called the action ''immature, tacky'' behavior on Wednesday afternoon and said that ''George Miller and others are working hard'' to see the bill passed in the House.
GetEQUAL's Robin McGehee responds to Frank: ''Prove us wrong, and make it happen.'' Frank: ''How does this help us get the bill passed? Whose mind are they going to change?''

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