(CNSNews.com) - When asked about Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) recent remarks citing the Sermon on the Mount as justification of his support for legalizing same-sex unions, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), one of two openly homosexual members of Congress, said he isn't a biblical scholar, but he does not think politicians should use the Bible as a playbook.
"I am for same-sex union, but I am reluctant to selectively use biblical interpretations to support this or that public policy," Frank told Cybercast News Service. Listen to Audio
"You understand, I'm Jewish," Frank said. "I'm not an expert on the Sermon on the Mount. I'm for same-sex unions. But being Jewish, the Sermon on the Mount didn't come up that much at my Bar Mitzvah."
Frank is known for his liberal voting record and wit on Capitol Hill.
"Look, there are some things in the Old Testament that are not great from the gay standpoint," Frank said. "Fortunately, they are in the same provisions that say don't eat lobster. They do. It's in Leviticus; it says 'don't eat shellfish.'"
Frank said he does agree with Obama's politics.
"I'm glad to have his support for same-sex unions," he said.
See Earlier Story:
Obama: Sermon on the Mount Justifies Same-Sex Unions (March 5, 2008)
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