In this position, he was one of the staunchest supporters of redress and reparations for Japanese American internment during World War II. Constitution to apply equal rights based on gender differences. He opposed the bill, which passed unanimously in the Senate, on civil liberties and constitutional grounds. Frank said of the vote, "I think it's very likely to be found unconstitutional. It's true that when you defend civil liberties you are typically defending people who do obnoxious things You play into their hand when you let them provoke you into overdoing it.
I don't want these thugs to [make the] claim [that] America is hypocritical. In , he publicly came out as gay. The act did not include " sexual preference exclusion[s]", reforming earlier immigration law which allowed persons to be excluded for a sexual deviance "afflict[ion]". I'm a left-handed gay Jew. I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority. Armey apologized and said it was "a slip of the tongue". Frank did not accept Armey's explanation, saying "I turned to my own expert, my mother, who reports that in 59 years of marriage, no one ever introduced her as Elsie Fag.
But the right to privacy should not be a right to hypocrisy. And people who want to demonize other people shouldn't then be able to go home and close the door and do it themselves.
We should make criminal what's going to hurt other people and other than that we should leave it to people to make their own choices. Became Public Law No: He claimed that such a significant reduction would have no effect on the United States' ability to defend itself. In , both strongly opposed H. It provided for age verification and protections for compulsive gamblers.
In , he and Paul introduced H. As a result of these efforts, Frank who does not gamble has been praised by poker players and online gamblers, including many Republicans. In August , a confidential memo written by the consul general of Israel in Boston, Nadav Tamir , was leaked to the Israeli media.
In the memo, Tamir said that Israel's dealings with the Obama administration on differences over settlements were eroding US support. If the people who work for me did not give me the kind of straightforward, thoughtful analysis that the consul is providing, even if it wasn't the most welcome news, that failure - not the information - would cause me unhappiness.
Senate seat once the latter resigned  to serve as United States Secretary of State. Frank had initially said he was not interested in the seat, but went on to change his mind, noting that "that [fiscal cliff] deal now means that February, March, and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial history".
He said he would not run in the special election that would be held to fill the seat for the remainder of Kerry's term. His husband, Jim Ready, is a surfing enthusiast whom Frank met during a gay political fundraiser in Maine , where Ready still lives. I replied that that there were two of us on that stage who fit those categories. The media reached the conclusion that I had come out as an atheist. I don't know enough to have any firm view on the subject, and it has never seemed important to me.
I have had a life-long aversion to wrestling with questions that I know I can never answer. My tolerance for intellectual uncertainty is very low. In his biography, however, Frank states unequivocally that he is not an atheist and is uncomfortable expressing firm views on questions for which he is unable to provide an answer.
Frank's agnosticism led him to resolve if he had been appointed as interim Senator to take the oath of office on the United States Constitution , rather than the Bible. For most of his life and entire Congressional career, Frank was known as a Jew. Frank continues to identify strongly with the Jewish community and has been careful throughout his career that his agnosticism not reflect negatively on other Jews. For example, when he stopped going to temple services on the High Holy Days he was careful to remain at home and out of the public eye in order that other Jews would not be criticized using his example.
When the two split up, at Frank's instigation, he admitted to her that he was gay. He was still closeted publicly. According to Frank, he "realized it was crazy" to try to have a romance with someone he cared for but was not compatible with due to his homosexuality.
Frank never again dated a woman. Frank started coming out as gay to friends before he ran for Congress and came out publicly on May 30, , "prompted in part by increased media interest in his private life" and the death of Stewart McKinney , "a closeted bisexual Republican representative from Connecticut". Didn't he or did he?