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. gregory

    Who the heck could stand living with that guy? I can't stand watching him on tv for a minute

    July 8, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  2. Justin

    I remember hearing him talk a little about this in an interview I think a few weeks ago. Big congratulations to them. Frank is certainly a colorful fellow, and I imagine his life outside of politics (with his impending retirement) will be likewise as colorful.

    I wish their families the best.

    July 8, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  3. Arin

    Congrats and best wishes!

    July 8, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  4. jacobsart

    Oh how fun! Congrats, Barney! Frankly, I think Jim was ready.

    July 8, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  5. Les

    Best wishes for much love, laughter and longevity to Mr Frank and Mr Ready. Congratulations on your marriage.

    July 8, 2012 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  6. Anonymous

    congrats Barney!

    July 8, 2012 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  7. saveusfromlibs

    Praise the Lord! He's not seeking re-election.

    July 8, 2012 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  8. electroguy

    Barney Frank makes me ill...

    July 8, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  9. Ran Herti

    Obviously no one obamacares.

    July 8, 2012 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  10. ed oneal

    A choice and his mind.

    July 8, 2012 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  11. Phhhtttttt

    Congratulations Barney, may Jim give it to you just as long as hard as you given it to us for your 16 terms of clownish behavior, consistently bad ideas and misguided governance.

    July 8, 2012 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  12. bob

    I hope his marraige goes better than the freddie mae/mac laws he was responsibel for.

    July 8, 2012 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  13. danieljsf

    Wishing the both of you all the best! Congrats.

    July 8, 2012 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  14. Tony in Maine


    How's this "political" news and not just a People Magazine bit of gossip.

    Or could it be that Barney Frank is one of the most intelligent, articulate members of Congress and a homosexual – the latter simply trumping what the right wing loves to trumpet – common sense.

    July 8, 2012 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  15. dz

    This is typical of whats running the country and churches,,,,amazing

    July 8, 2012 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  16. Tanker

    Who cares?

    July 8, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  17. Candy

    Why is this news?

    July 8, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  18. Houffman

    Mr. Frank and his partner may have united in some ceremony, but they are not married, any more than I could be married to my house or my dog. Marriage has a definition, and this union does not meet that definition. I support their right to be together (although I happen to believe homosexual behavior is wrong personally) and I wish them well– but they are not "married."

    July 8, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  19. Sagebrush Shorty

    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."
    'Nuff said.

    July 8, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  20. Joe

    Oh, how special! I'm all aflutter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  21. MontanaTrace

    Hopefully, he'll retire into wedded bliss.

    July 8, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  22. Keith

    Just wonderful

    July 8, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  23. Terry olise

    Such is life

    July 8, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  24. Rob

    He's not really married. I don't care what state officially recognizes it. Unless it is one man/one woman, he will never REALLY be 'married'. You can make a law that says a cat is a dog. It's not going to stop it from meowing. These types of laws are only designed to make people feel good about themselves. Hell, even if he were considered 'married' where he is, let him come to my state. He's not considered 'married' here or approx. 30 others. Nope, sorry. Thanks for playing.

    July 8, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  25. Muhammad

    There have been 33 out of 51 states in USA, who have banned this practice of homosexual marriage, President Obama said that the states should decide. Unfortunately, the people of Massachusetts think that the biblical town of Sodom and Gomorrah does not exists. It is one place where the bottom soil is on top and top soil is on the bottom layers of earth with overheated burned rock samples. –as it was turned over and burned (goggle the geology)

    July 8, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
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