Barney Frank marries longtime partner
July 7th, 2012
08:02 PM ET
6 years ago

Barney Frank marries longtime partner

(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

Filed under: 2012 • Barney Frank • Deval Patrick • Massachusetts • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Ray

    Who cares?

    July 7, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Max Powers

    That's disgusting! No one that age should marry!

    July 7, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. ForGoodOfAll

    Good for Barney! Best wishes to the happy couple!

    July 7, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. Rrp

    Awesome..congrats ..

    July 7, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. Congrats!

    I wish them much happiness. Life is short, live it well, live it loved!

    July 7, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. Paul Falduto

    Mazel tov!

    July 7, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Les

    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!

    July 7, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. Mike

    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.

    July 7, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. seh

    he is awful- and not because of his sexual preference

    July 7, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. Tyler

    It's time gay people finally can suffer too. Let them marry!

    July 7, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. outawork

    I can't figure out which is most screwed up state: Massachusetts or California.

    July 7, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. w1sest

    FAAAAAAAAbulous! Yawn.

    July 7, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Tina

    I wish them happiness! Glad to see small happy moments in the news 🙂

    July 7, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. wahoowacat

    Yay for getting hitched, Barney!

    July 7, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. Larry trickel

    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.

    July 7, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. Uhmerikwa Numba One

    Isn't America grand? Not!

    July 7, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. Dan

    Good for you Barn.

    July 7, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  18. Joe

    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.

    July 7, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. SPW

    Congrats, enjoy the honey moon Frank!

    July 7, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. Mike

    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.

    July 7, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. G.I. G.I. Joe

    I would like to be the FIRST to offer my best wishes to Congressman Frank and his spouse.

    July 7, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Now, isn't this something. Do you suppose Mr. T. was anywhere but in attendance?

    July 7, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  23. mrc

    Congratulations! Your marriage does not change my own in any way, shape or form. I wish you both well.

    July 7, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. u kiddingme

    i don't know much about gays. exactly what does one man do to another?

    July 7, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. marzxyz

    Congratulations, Barney.

    July 7, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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