Frank Criticizes Republican Assault on Same-Sex Marriage Issue
Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has called Sen. Dole's anti-same-sex marriage bill a "sleazy" attempt to divide President Clinton and his supporters. While Clinton has said he does not favor same-sex marriages, he has not taken a position on Dole "Defense of Marriage Act" which would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and would allow states to discount same-sex marriages performed in other states. Frank calls the move against same-sex marriages "another Willie Horton," citing the negative ads used against 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis to depict the former Massachusetts Gov. as soft on crime.
Media Resources: The New York Times, May 14, 1996