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Barney Frank's Opponent Compares Gay People To Short People

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"We understand that there's no absolute right to serve in all these other areas," he went on.

Bielat has been scrutinized in recent days for gay baiting -- subtly and unflatteringly alluding to Frank's homosexuality. If he's looking to dispel those rumors, his anti-gay rights stance on Don't Ask, Don't Tell won't help.

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