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Old 19th May 2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default Obama not invited when Rep. Frank marries longtime partner

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Although Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) earlier this month said he is “pleased” with President Obama’s decision to publicly support same-sex marriage, in a new interview the congressman revealed the president will not be on the guest list when Frank marries his longtime partner this summer.

“If he and Michelle wanted to come, I would be delighted and honored to have him, but he will bring the Secret Service,” Frank said in an interview that will air Sunday as part of C-SPAN’s “Newsmaker” series. “I would be flattered to have the president do that, [but] it would ruin the party to have the Secret Service. I’m not critical of them, but they can go take their layered protection of the president somewhere else. Not to my party...



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Old 19th May 2012, 09:47 PM   #2
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Understandable. This isn't a big deal in my opinion, this is more just a case of personal feelings, and I'd be the same way. I'd love to have Obama and Michelle to my wedding, but I don't want the Secret Service frisking every guest as they enter, no thank-you.
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Default Re: Obama not invited when Rep. Frank marries longtime partner

The Secret Service is a respectable, necessary institution and shouldn't really get the blame here.

If anything, it's just the reality that the POTUS needs that extra layer of security, and he should probably highlight that instead of singling out the Secret Service.
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True, and by no means am I saying Secret Service is bad, I think they are very admirable. While they shouldn't be solidly blamed or singled out, but I still think it's true that it could be cause for not inviting Obama. Yes there's of course concern of him being attacked at any point really, but still...it makes sense to prevent disruption to his wedding which is what could occur.
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Nothing wrong with not inviting someone to your wedding. A wedding is a very personal thing, really you can have any reason you want for inviting or not inviting someone.

The secret service thing is a good way to save face for not inviting the President.
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