Freedom to Marry Lauds Barney Frank’s Record: “An Inspiration… A Leader”


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Angela Dallara
Communications Associate, Freedom to Marry

NEW YORK, November 28, 2011 – Today, following a news conference where Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) announced that he would not seek reelection in 2012, Freedom to Marry issued the following statements lauding the Congressman’s record.
Below is a statement from Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry:
“As a public servant, Barney Frank has been an inspiration and a giant in an age where we've had few, and losing him as a leader in Congress and in public debate will be a painful blow for the country.  Barney's excellence in shaping legislation and unparalleled voice in battling many of the wrong turns the country has taken have made extraordinary contributions to the history of our times. His singular and authentic personality has made politics look good at a time when so many events and electeds have made it look bad. I will miss his leadership, his brilliance, his liberal vision and values, and, of course, his corruscating wit.  We need more Barney Franks in public life, not fewer, and fortunately we will always have his indelible example to work from."
Below is a statement from Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry and formerly Executive Director of MassEquality:
"The movement for marriage will always be indebted for Barney Frank's stalwart leadership to protect marriage for same-sex couples in Massachusetts, America's first state to have it.  He worked tirelessly, activating the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to lobby for votes in the State House, keynoting countless fundraisers for pro-equality state lawmakers, and himself making the case to many lawmakers for marriage, single-handedly turning several votes.  His leadership and commitment were crucial difference-makers, and are part of his history-making track-record of accomplishment for LGBT people everywhere."
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.