(CNN) – Democratic Rep. Barney Frank's spokesman Harry Gural said the longtime congressman plans to marry his partner, Jim Ready, in Massachusetts.
Gural declined to provide any more details on the timing of the wedding, adding that Frank has no plans to say anything more about the event.
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The 16-term congressman is openly gay and has already announced he will not seek re-election this year. Frank's spokesperson declined to give any more details and said Frank does not plan any further comment noting the congressman is at the Democrats' yearly retreat on the Eastern shore.
U.S. Rep. Gerry E. Studds was the first openly gay member of Congress. He married Dean Hara in 2004, a week after Massachusetts began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Studds, who by then had retired from politics, died in October 2006.
Frank is the first openly gay member of Congress to announce intent to marry a same sex partner while in office. It still remains unclear, when the wedding date between Frank and his partner, Jim Ready, will occur. If it occurs while Frank is still in office, it would be the first same-sex marriage of a sitting congress member.