Frankly Speaking

WATCH: Barney Frank Opens Hate Crimes Opposition Lid, Slams It Shut

Rep. Barney Frank made good use of his five minutes of floor time yesterday in debating the Matthew Shepard Act. It’s no Rep. Rush Holt delivery, but Frank succeeds in eloquence. We’ll boil his argument down for you: The real uneasiness over a queer hate crimes bill isn’t that it helps punish criminals for targeting a certain demographic, but that it punishes criminals who attack “people like me” — the GLBTs.