Read the latest news about Barney Frank, who is considered one of the most prominent gay politicians in the United States. A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, Barney Frank went on to represent the 4th district of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives for several decades. He is also the former chair of the House Financial Services Committee. Frank was the first congressman to come out as gay of his own accord. Moreover, his former partner, Fannie Mae executive Herb Moses, was the first spouse to receive benefits from a same-sex partner in Congress.
Democrats denounced the bill as "shameful," while Republicans and right-wing activists claimed that the First Amendment Defense Act is necessary to protect the beliefs of those offended by marriage equality.