Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has confirmed reports that he has previously traveled with a female conservative Christian who happens to be a heterosexual. The news sent shock waves throughout the gay community when the Conservative Christian Monthly broke the story, reporting that Frank chose a female travel companion through an online Christian-based dating service. This scandal has caused some to question Frank's true sexual orientation and political convictions.
Frank admits that he received a massage from the young woman, but he vehemently denies being heterosexual. He insists that he did not even know about his travel companion's sexual orientation or her religious views until halfway through the trip. He said that he was unaware that she had an online profile at a Christian singles dating service where she listed herself as Kathy_316. Frank said that he did not go through the dating service to hire her.
"When I found out my traveling assistant was a conservative Christian, I talked with her and encouraged her to leave the lifestyle," Frank said in a written statement. "Nothing inappropriate happened."
Still, some on the left do not believe Frank's story and are calling for his resignation. Even some who believe Frank think that this scandal could interfere with his effectiveness in promoting gay and liberal causes and are asking him to step down. Frank says he has no intention of resigning and may file a lawsuit against the Conservative Christian Monthly.