Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) was in Los Angeles and granted an in-depth interview to LGBT POV's Karen Ocamb to the LGBT legislative agenda specifically "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The interview is a bombshell: Frank says President Obama's "refusal to call for repeal this year is a problem."
The lack of leadership is a "problem", Frank says.
"His not being for it will give people an excuse to not vote for it. Thing is – we’ve done hate crimes. We do ENDA. It’s a big agenda all at once. At this point – the President’s refusal to call for repeal this year is a problem."
Welcome to the party, Barney. The Democrats will likely lose seats in the mid-term elections. It will be virtually impossible to move any LGBT rights legislation with fewer seats and a more conservative House and/or Senate. But it's an even bigger "problem" for the activists and the Human Rights Campaign that insisted the Administration had an LGBT "strategy' and their was a "clear path to repeal."
Regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which Frank sponsored and has been stalled since September in the House Education & Labor Committee, the congressman says he's "hoping to get a vote on it in committee... sometimes this month."
Last month, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said she believed there are enough votes in the House to pass ENDA. Frank says that "might" be the case but more importantly: 'It means calling up [your] representatives and say, please vote for this bill and please oppose watering down the transgender provision."