Rep. Barney Frank, a well-known openly gay Member, is not running for re-election. Some LGBT advocates worry that there will be a lapse in leadership on gay issues when the Massachusetts Democrat leaves the House.
“There’s no question that legislating is the most personal form of governance. ... Personal factors mean a lot,” Frank said. “I think if you believe that we should be finishing the fight against legal discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender, it is important to have people who are gay and transgender and lesbian in the mix.”
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.