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Barney Frank: Republican Colleagues Have Mostly Ignored My Wedding

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Barney Frank's wedding has been been ignored by Republicans.
Barney Frank's wedding has been been ignored by Republicans.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is not expecting any wedding gifts from his Republican colleagues in Congress.

The retiring gay Congressman, who married his longtime partner last weekend, said Tuesday that "Mostly, the Republicans have ignored it."

He said that a couple of Republicans congratulated him in private, but "there have been no negative comments and I think a few years ago, there would have been," indicating there has been progress on same-sex marriage. "The climate is changing and opponents have realized that the country is moving beyond them."

Frank, who spoke on "The Bill Press Show," also said that coming out as gay and doing his part to "diminish that prejudice" was among his proudest accomplishments as a public official.

"I was the first member of congress in 1987 to volunteer that I was gay," he said when asked what he was most proud of in his long career. He also cited his work for financial reform and defense of President Bill Clinton during impeachment proceedings.

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