(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.
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Congratulations! I just can't wait for the entire US to be as accepting and on equal grounds as Massachusetts....regarding marriage....or better....LOVE between two people!
Congratulations to the happy couple!
I have enjoyed watching Barney Frank, from a political perspective. But I think this is a clear case of "love is blind". Sorry – guess I shouldn't be so mean. As for the faxt that he's a sitting congressman, who cares? Only a bunch of right-wingers who wouldn't vote him anyway.
Good for you, Barney! Congrats and much happiness to you both.
How many Americans have a yearly retreat? And, the only reason why this disgusting, vile man is not running is because he knows he will not win again!
Barney Frank is a sham from the get-go and maybe he should open up his yearly retreat to some of the Americans who have lost homes due to his lies about the housing market. The man is a liar and a con-artist. He should be sent to jail!
Hey Barney! Tell us AGAIN how safe and sound Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are!! MORON.
Getting this fool out of the government has to be one of the highlights on the year. We at least have a fighting chance now to save this country.
Go Barney! Many happy returns.
I don't really care about his love life, but I'll miss Barney in congress. He's a hoot! Never afraid to tell the truth.
I wish them the very best...... I wish he were still in congress but hope his future is rich with love.
Congratulations! and thank you for your dedicated political career to helping others!
Who on God's green earth is desperate or stupid enough to marry this fool???!!!! But it sure does give hope to every single human being on the planet that somewhere out there, there is somebody waiting for you.
Wait till the baying dogs in the GOP candidate clown car and Fox Noise get a hold of this and castigate Frank for doing something that quite frankly should be allowed everywhere.
It's disgusting for people that old to get married! Just kidding, thanks for years of service Barney.
Good for them. May they find happiness together.
May you kiss the bride..Im sorry groom. LOL. Congratulations Barney. What took you so long?
JPG. Just Plain Gross.
Can I come to the wedding?
Congratulations and many more happy years together. We will miss you in Washington.
To the haters, get over it!
Congratulations and I wish you well. Thanks for the service to our nation.