Barney Frank’s GOP opponent compares gays in military to short people
“Don’t ask, don’t measure” might be new military policy if you follow the logic of the man challenging openly gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) in Massachusetts.
Republican House candidate Sean Bielat told the Boston Herald that he likens gays in the military to men that are too short to serve.
“Men under the height of 5 feet, 2 inches can’t serve — I don’t see anybody protesting. Where are the people standing in front of the White House, the short guys standing in front of the White House? You don’t see it,” Bielat said.
“There’s no absolute right to serve,” he explained.
“We understand that there’s no absolute right to serve in all these other areas.”
Boston Herald‘s Edward Mason pointed out that Bielat’s comparison doesn’t exactly make sense.
“[V]ertically challenged people are not forced to pretend they’re tall, then drummed out once it’s discovered they’re short in spite of their service record,” wrote Mason.
In addition to supporting the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Bielat also opposes same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Massachusetts since 2004.
A new WPRI poll shows that Bielat is close behind Frank in the race for the 4th Congressional District. 49 percent back Frank while 37 percent support Bielat. Frank has recently personally lent his campaign $200,000.
This audio is from Boston Herald, broadcast Oct. 22, 2010.