(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
Congrats Barney and Jim!!!!
Go Barney. You have entertained us for years.
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.......
May you enjjpy life outside politics. your honesty and bluntness was commendable and we wish you happiness and peace for the future.
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!
Mazel Tov! Period.
Congratulations Barney! May be you be happy in your new adventure, now legal, and fair to all.
Good for them. May we all find love and happiness!
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.
Best wishes for a long, happy life together.
Hugs and kisses to the new couple.
What is not mentioned is that there was a salad sturring ceremony after the wedding.
Congratulations Congressman Frank.
As it should be, it's called equal rights for a reason.
Beautiful, just beautiful. It brings a tear to my eye.
Congratulations Bareny Frank and Jim Ready!! May you have a hppy, healthy life together. I am thrilled for the both of you. L'chaim!!
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...
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.
Congrats to Rep. Frank and his husband, Jim. So very happy for you both. Best wishes for many more years of happiness.
Great world, crazy people...
I'm assuming Barney is not the bottom in that relationship. He'd be a bear
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!
Good for him. I wish them both well.
Who gives a crap. None of my business.
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 "..