Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), who has not spoken to the press in the five days since the release of that inflammatory Justice Department motion to dismiss a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, finally speaks. Frank tells the Boston Herald the brief was a "mistake"—the same word he used to describe a proposed boycott of a gay Democratic fundraiser.
"I think the administration made a big mistake. The wording they used was inappropriate. ... I’ve been in touch with the White House and I’m hoping the president will make clear these were not his views."
Despite the massive outcry in the LGBT community, Frank will still attend the Democratic National Committee's LGBT Leadership Council scheduled for next week: "There are a lot of people who aren’t boycotting. I think it’s a mistake to deny money to the DNC."
In related news, Frank's spokesman Diego Sanchez announces the congressman will introduce a fully-inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House of Representatives next week, according to the Washington Blade:
"Diego Sanchez, who is transgender and a senior policy adviser to Frank, said the bill will be inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity. He noted it will include the legislative language Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) used in 2007 in an attempt to restore gender identity provisions to an earlier version of the bill. Sanchez said the new bill will debut with at least eight sponsors, including four Democrats and four Republicans. Among the sponsors are openly gay House members Frank, Baldwin and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.). The lead Republican sponsor is Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida."