12/11/2012 06:48 pm ET Updated Feb 10, 2013

Arianna Huffington And Al Franken's 'Strange Bedfellows' With Barney Frank (VIDEO)

When Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank retires from Congress this month, the House of Representatives loses its first openly gay member and one of Washington's fiercest defenders of same-sex marriage.

To give you a sense of how long Frank has been fighting the battle for gay rights, we found this old video of the 16-term Congressman's 1996 appearance on "Strange Bedfellows," a short-lived comedy sketch hosted by Al Franken and Arianna Huffington, back when she was still a Republican and he was just a liberal comedian.