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. Jessa

    Congrats Barney and Jim!!!!

    July 7, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  2. reasonablebe

    Go Barney. You have entertained us for years.

    July 8, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  3. Slimgoody

    Man, I wrote several papers (Assignment on this subject) while in college. I don't agree with it..... but to each his own.. As long as they are happy together. It is what it is.......

    July 8, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  4. reasonablebe

    May you enjjpy life outside politics. your honesty and bluntness was commendable and we wish you happiness and peace for the future.

    July 8, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  5. Izzat

    Congratulations! I wish you all the best. You represent the ideals of this country – service to our great land, commitment to fairness and willingness to fight for freedom. This is indeed a proud day for America!

    July 8, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  6. AndyDaniel

    Mazel Tov! Period.

    July 8, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  7. BeverlyNC

    Congratulations Barney! May be you be happy in your new adventure, now legal, and fair to all.

    July 8, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. tj

    Good for them. May we all find love and happiness!

    July 8, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  9. Evelyn Connaway

    Congratulations to the happy couple, may they have a long life together. I will miss Barney Franks in congress. He was an
    honest man for the people.

    July 8, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  10. Tid Bit

    Best wishes for a long, happy life together.

    July 8, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  11. moonghaelela

    Hugs and kisses to the new couple.

    July 8, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  12. Obama in 2012

    What is not mentioned is that there was a salad sturring ceremony after the wedding.

    July 8, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  13. Robert

    Congratulations Congressman Frank.

    July 8, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  14. Loathstheright

    As it should be, it's called equal rights for a reason.

    July 8, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  15. Lewy

    Beautiful, just beautiful. It brings a tear to my eye.

    July 8, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  16. n2video

    Congratulations Bareny Frank and Jim Ready!! May you have a hppy, healthy life together. I am thrilled for the both of you. L'chaim!!

    July 8, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  17. birdman

    Most of us wash our hand after going to the bathroom, to get the feces off, and the stink...Old Barney is full of it for a reason...

    July 8, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  18. Aleatha Carr

    I'm so glad they were finally able to marry. May they be very happy. I hate to lose him as a Congressman. He's one of the great ones.

    July 8, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  19. Tiffany

    Congrats to Rep. Frank and his husband, Jim. So very happy for you both. Best wishes for many more years of happiness.

    July 8, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  20. msnite

    Great world, crazy people...

    July 8, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  21. DJCowboy

    I'm assuming Barney is not the bottom in that relationship. He'd be a bear

    July 8, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  22. Romy Monteyro

    The good news is Barney Frank is not running for another term! Good riddance! Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack will be losing their "champion" in Congress and that is really great news!

    July 8, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  23. KF

    Good for him. I wish them both well.

    July 8, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  24. JB

    Who gives a crap. None of my business.

    July 8, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  25. Doug

    Congratulations to them both.. Now it's time congress legalizes gay marriage for everyone in this country...
    I for one am very tired of paying the "gay tax "..

    July 8, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
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