Barney Frank to CNS' Nicholas Ballasy: shower spray won't make you gay

Thu. December 23, 2010 5:29 AM by

Washington, D.C. - After President Obama on Wednesday signed a law that repeals the military's ban on gay troops serving openly, Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank chided a reporter for asking if gay and straight service members should shower separately.

Frank let out a sarcastic gasp and turned the tables on CNS' Nicholas Ballasy when he asked the question.

"What do you think happens in gyms all over American?" Frank responded after letting out a loud gasp. "What do you think goes wrong with people showing with homosexuals? Do you think the spray makes it catching? … We don't get ourselves dry-cleaned."

"I know you're looking for some way to kind of discredit the policy," Frank added. "Do you think that gyms should have separate showers for gay and straight people?"

Ballasy refused to answer the question, saying he was "just quoting the recommendation" in a Pentagon report on repeal of the military's ban on open gay service.

"Don't be disingenuous," Frank chided. "You're quoting those you think may cause us some problems. You're entitled to that, but you shouldn't hide behind your views."

America's longest-serving openly gay representative also laid out the so-called "gay agenda" at a press conference on Wednesday.

The "gay agenda" is "to be protected against violent crimes driven by bigotry, it's to be able to get married, it's to be able to get a job, and it's to be able to fight for our country," he said.

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