(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.
– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker
– Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.
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
Congratulations to the newlyweds!
Excellent. Congrats to them both!
The only way to describe this is, YUK!!!
Congratulation to Mr. Frank and his partner, we wish you the best.
Good for him! Congratulations.
Bet they make a cute couple !
And how is this news?
Good for him. It's about time. Going to miss him in congress though.
Sorry Barney; it's not a marriage. It may be a union, but it's definitely not a marriage. This political correctness BS is getting old. Wake up America . . . . marriage is between a man and woman. Enough said.
Congratulations, Barney. Good for you!
The final line of the article is the only sentence that was worth reading.
Congratulations to the couple. And congratulations to the US that Barney will not seek re-election
Congrats and best wishes to you and Jim!
Best wishes and thanks for your service to our Country.
How lovely! Can you imagine their wedding night?? Better not!
OHS NOS!!!! Somehow his marriage will destroy all those straight marriages out there!!!!
Crap he's coming to Maine.
Congratulations! May you be blessed with many more happy years together!
Did CNN really have to make this a big event!!!! Gross!!!!
Guess I'm voting Republican.
Congratulations Mr. Frank and Mr. Ready. It's a shame that it's taken so long for the basic civil rights enjoyed by my wife and myself be extended to those who want to be in committed relationships but happen to love someone of the same sex. Hopefully the strides being made now in favor of the gay community will soon be seen as natural and inevitable as gender and racial equality do now (well, at least among the more enlightened members of our culture).
A BIG congratulations to the happy couple!
This is wonderful!
Lord have mercy