Carper remembers Barney Frank's "coming out of the closet"

Senator Carper remembers the day he learned what, until then, was a secret about a former colleague.

Carper tells WDEL's "Delaware News at Noon" after a double-date involving himself, soon-to-be ex-Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank and two airline stewardesses at a New Year's Eve party at the US Embassy in Cairo in the early 80's, he asked Frank if he'd had a good time.

"And I said, 'well, how was your time with Carolyn last night?' and he said, 'I would have enjoyed her brother more', and I said, 'You know her brother?' and he said, 'Boy, you're really dumb!' and then, he went on to tell me that he was gay."

Carper says that exchange gave Frank the courage to later publicly reveal his homosexuality.

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