(CNN) - – U.S. Rep. Barney Frank married his longtime partner Saturday evening, becoming the first member of Congress to marry someone of the same gender while in office.
Frank's office said the 16-term Massachusetts Democrat married Jim Ready, a small business owner and photographer from Maine at a Newton, Massachusetts ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
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The two pledged "to love each other and be each other's best friend, in sickness and in health, in Congress or in retirement, whether the surf is up or the surf’s flat, for richer or for poorer, under the Democrats or the Republicans, whether the slopes are powdery or icy, whether the book reviews are good or bad, for better or for worse, on MSNBC or on Fox."
Three hundred family members, friends and colleagues attended the ceremony, Frank's office said.
Frank's spokesman said in January that the couple had plans to marry, but at the time had no details on when the ceremony would take place.
Massachusetts is one of six states that allow same-sex marriage. The first same-sex marriage in the United States was performed in 2004 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Frank, 72, has represented the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts since 1981 and has said he will not seek re-election.
– CNN's Marlena Baldacci and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report
That's disgusting! No one that age should marry!
Good for Barney! Best wishes to the happy couple!
I wish them much happiness. Life is short, live it well, live it loved!
This is good news. Rep. Frank is a good man and he deserves to be happily married to the person he loves. Thankfully, Massachusetts is one the states that has eliminated se-xual orientation bias. It is sad that he is leaving Congress though. The state and the country will be losing one of its fairest and progressive voices. By marrying now, he has become the first married person in a same s-ex relationship to sit in Congress. His place in history is assured. Way to go, Rep. Frank!
So he came out sexually. Will he come out as Chairman of the banking committee and explain how he was a regulator but allowed our banking system fail costing the Americans trillions? Not to mention the Euro.
he is awful- and not because of his sexual preference
It's time gay people finally can suffer too. Let them marry!
I can't figure out which is most screwed up state: Massachusetts or California.
I wish them happiness! Glad to see small happy moments in the news :)
Yay for getting hitched, Barney!
Another Democrat that is more responsible for the collapse of Fanni and Freddi than any other politician. His personal life is the same failure of those who will lie cheat and steal.
Isn't America grand? Not!
Good for you Barn.
I'm sure it will be a lovely day for Barney Frank. Too bad Dodd-Frank will produce so many miserable days for millions of other Americans.
Congrats, enjoy the honey moon Frank!
Good for Rep. Frank and Mr. Ready, Good for Massachusetts, Good for the USA and God for freedom worldwide. They should enjoy a long and happy marriage.
I would like to be the FIRST to offer my best wishes to Congressman Frank and his spouse.
Now, isn't this something. Do you suppose Mr. T. was anywhere but in attendance?
Congratulations! Your marriage does not change my own in any way, shape or form. I wish you both well.
i don't know much about gays. exactly what does one man do to another?