Barney Frank marries longtime partner
July 7th, 2012
08:02 PM ET
2 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. I'm so happy

    Congratulations to the newlyweds!

    July 7, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. Kellie

    Excellent. Congrats to them both!

    July 7, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. steve

    The only way to describe this is, YUK!!!

    July 7, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. Steve

    Congratulation to Mr. Frank and his partner, we wish you the best.

    July 7, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. frontgate

    Good for him! Congratulations.

    July 7, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. Romulus

    Bet they make a cute couple !

    July 7, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. bob_lawbla

    And how is this news?

    July 7, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. CA Liberal

    Good for him. It's about time. Going to miss him in congress though.

    July 7, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. Rob

    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.

    July 7, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. rick jolie

    Congratulations, Barney. Good for you!

    July 7, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. Jeff

    The final line of the article is the only sentence that was worth reading.

    July 7, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  12. John D

    Congratulations to the couple. And congratulations to the US that Barney will not seek re-election

    July 7, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. Cooper

    Congrats and best wishes to you and Jim!

    July 7, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  14. Larry L

    Best wishes and thanks for your service to our Country.

    July 7, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. Sam Smith

    How lovely! Can you imagine their wedding night?? Better not!

    July 7, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. Benji

    OHS NOS!!!! Somehow his marriage will destroy all those straight marriages out there!!!!

    July 7, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. Horsense

    Crap he's coming to Maine.

    July 7, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. Katie B from NC

    Congratulations! May you be blessed with many more happy years together!

    July 7, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  19. Get Real

    Did CNN really have to make this a big event!!!! Gross!!!!

    July 7, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  20. LeRoy Jones

    Guess I'm voting Republican.

    July 7, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  21. Dan

    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).

    July 7, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  22. Mrs Time

    A BIG congratulations to the happy couple!

    July 7, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  23. Slacker

    How precious.

    July 7, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  24. Name Dona W.

    This is wonderful!

    July 7, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  25. Ed

    Lord have mercy

    July 7, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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