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. nodem

    Frank, congratulation! Hope you have congressional insurance coverage.

    July 7, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. ugh

    who cares.....

    July 7, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  3. ObamaUntil2016

    Congratulations, Barney and Jim! It's about time, don't you think? Seriously, congratulations and be glad you live in Massachussetts where they respect and honor marriage for all.

    July 7, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  4. PhilG

    Be it a man or a woman,a woman and a woman,or a man and a man-the public binding of their relationship means these two people's lifelong care and love of each other gets protected under the law.

    Call it a civil union or if you can get past the stigma,a marriage but the fact remains that two people who live togehetr under one roof their whole lives and watch over each other as life partners should have the right to be recognized under the law as such.

    Barney Frank has been an exemplary Congressman and has been publicly and openly gay when it was'nt cool or safe to be called such.

    I am glad he and his partner took this step and I just hope that people of ill intent can leave them be.

    I don't think Mr.Frank did this as a stunt.

    I think he did this because it was the right thing to do for him and his life partner.

    Just leave them be people,they are'nt hurting anyone and they never meant too.

    July 7, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  5. gimli420

    Another first for social progress. I love this country. Within the past decade we have had a female Speaker of the House, elected a black president, and now we have a gay married congressman. Barney Frank, thank you for standing up to the big banks. I wish you both happiness.

    July 7, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  6. Tony Antin

    it's all a matter of semantics..of the meaning of words. These trwo men engaged in a ceremony to form legally binding social bond, they did not get married because rhe world "marriage" was creared to describe the legal union of f man and a women for rhe purpose of procreation. No dreligion involved...no Bible; just common English usage. As long as same sex couple can have the samen legal and any othe benifis of mareried couples why do they need to their union a marriage. They don's call each other man and wife because those mean speific things that they are not. Marriage is the nane of what a man and woman do. Man with Man, Woman with Woman do something essentially/;;legally the same with a diffrerent name. That;s all, so why all the higfhly emotional fuss?

    July 7, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  7. serdreich

    Mazel Tov!

    July 7, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  8. Matt

    Wow! Good for Barney. He looks very good for 72.

    July 7, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  9. Evolved One

    Congratulations to the both of you.....

    July 7, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  10. JT

    When it come down to it, I just don't care, but maybe that's a good thing.

    July 7, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Gay democrat here. This is why the rest of the world wants to blow us up. Because we respect human rights. We are on the right side if history here. Best wishes to the happy couple. America rocks!

    July 7, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  12. Freethinker Seeking Reason

    Congratulations to the happy couple!!! This is a beautiful day for America!!!

    July 7, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  13. whocares

    Congratulations Barney

    July 7, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  14. Freethinker Seeking Reason

    Congratulations to the happy couple! This is a beautiful day for America!

    July 7, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  15. Ghandi

    How sick and disgusting is this?

    July 7, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  16. Brad

    Gay democrat here. This is why the rest of the world wants to blow us up. Because we respect human rights. We are on the right side of history here. Best wishes to the happy couple. America rocks!

    July 7, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  17. Reason & Logic

    Good for them. I wish them good health and joy in their lives.

    July 7, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  18. vidal808

    My heartfell Congratulation to you Congressman ! May you have a long and happy relationship with your partner....

    July 7, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  19. vidal808

    Congratulation to you Congressman – may you have a long and happy life with your partner....

    July 7, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  20. Tom

    Congratulations Congressman! May you and yours have many years together in matrimony! Way to go!

    July 7, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  21. Howard

    What a disgrace! I'm glad he is not seeking reelection.

    July 7, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  22. Cheers

    Good for him! I hope that our country will soon finish evolving to a society capable of allowing people to make their own decisions. The US is based on the concept of freedom. Keeping a group from doing something due to another groups religion is not only sad, but unconscionable.

    July 7, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  23. Tony Antin

    "i'm married," said the man ro the person seated on the bar stool next o him. Proper English usage, instantly understood.
    "I'm partnered, said the man ro the person seated on the bar stool next to him Proper English usage instantly understood.
    Why do homsexual couples insist on calling their legal union by the imprecise term? If we grant same-sex couples all benefits (and obligatioins) enjoyed by and assumed by man/woman marriages, it just a matter of the meaning of words.

    July 7, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  24. Chris Willett

    Freedom to marry the person of your choice! One more reason to vote for Democrats.

    July 7, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  25. JohnRJohnson

    Congratulations, Senator Frank, on your marriage. You have been one of the brightest, best informed senators in Congress for many years and you survived the hatred and bigotry of the far right with aplomb. Your record wasn't perfect, but nobody understood the issues and policies better than you.

    July 7, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
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