(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
Good. It is about damned time that people in this country were not kept from marrying other consenting adults regardless of their gender.
OK lets try this. Does the surviving spouse get Congressional benefits.
Congratulations to Barney and Jim. I'm sure you'll be very happy. I wish you'd been my rep instead of Conseco.
And who cares what news is this.
Perfect. Brought to you by oneof the main people responsiblefor the housing crisis. Obviously he has a moral crisis as well. Oh Boy.
Congratulations Jim and Barney. We wish you two the best.
Awesome! I wish them all the best.
Congrats! We have the greatest respect for you Mr. Franks & what you stand for politically. You tell it like it is. Congress will not be the same after you leave. We wish you & Mr. Ready many many more happy years.
that's great, he ruined the mortgage industry and was a main player in the foreclosure crisis and now we should be by happy that he is married, don't think so!
Who? I wasn't invited.
When did CNN turn into a society page>
Congratulations Rep. Frank! I wish you and your partner a lifetime of love, companionship, and happiness.
I don't mind that he married his partner – may they have many years of happiness together. What I mind....16 TERMS! This is the problem with DC. Move on, this is not a career – it was supposed to be something you did to represent your state, not grow roots and make it a life long 'gig'!
Retirement, health care plan – you all should have regular jobs and go to DC to represent real working people.
Want change – change the idea of be a lifer in DC!
I would be happier if he was getting the indictment he so richly deserves!
Congratulations to both; hope you'll have a long and happy marriage!
Congrats Barney and Jim! Nuptials sound awesome.
Congratulations, Barney and Jim.
Congratulations to Barney and Jim !!! Thank you Barney for your excellent years of service to our nation...
He's so gross.
Good for him! Congrats and may happiness stay with you, Mr. And Mr. Barney Frank.
Jims Ready for Barneys Frank
just the thought makes me cringe!
Barney Frank. One of the most disgusting human beings on the planet, for multiple reasons.
Head of the finance committee that forgot to pay taxes . Will he pay the marruiage penalty tax??