Rep. Barney Frank to marry partner
January 26th, 2012
12:44 PM ET
11 years ago

Rep. Barney Frank to marry partner

(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Barney Frank's spokesman Harry Gural said the longtime congressman plans to marry his partner, Jim Ready, in Massachusetts.

Gural declined to provide any more details on the timing of the wedding, adding that Frank has no plans to say anything more about the event.

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The 16-term congressman is openly gay and has already announced he will not seek re-election this year. Frank's spokesperson declined to give any more details and said Frank does not plan any further comment noting the congressman is at the Democrats' yearly retreat on the Eastern shore.

U.S. Rep. Gerry E. Studds was the first openly gay member of Congress. He married Dean Hara in 2004, a week after Massachusetts began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Studds, who by then had retired from politics, died in October 2006.

Frank is the first openly gay member of Congress to announce intent to marry a same sex partner while in office. It still remains unclear, when the wedding date between Frank and his partner, Jim Ready, will occur. If it occurs while Frank is still in office, it would be the first same-sex marriage of a sitting congress member.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. dakster

    Congratulations! I just can't wait for the entire US to be as accepting and on equal grounds as Massachusetts....regarding marriage....or better....LOVE between two people!

    January 26, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Congratulations to the happy couple!

    January 26, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Phil in KC

    I have enjoyed watching Barney Frank, from a political perspective. But I think this is a clear case of "love is blind". Sorry – guess I shouldn't be so mean. As for the faxt that he's a sitting congressman, who cares? Only a bunch of right-wingers who wouldn't vote him anyway.

    January 26, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. Newmoon2

    Good for you, Barney! Congrats and much happiness to you both.

    January 26, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. deb0155

    Yearly retreat?!

    How many Americans have a yearly retreat? And, the only reason why this disgusting, vile man is not running is because he knows he will not win again!

    Barney Frank is a sham from the get-go and maybe he should open up his yearly retreat to some of the Americans who have lost homes due to his lies about the housing market. The man is a liar and a con-artist. He should be sent to jail!

    January 26, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Hey Barney! Tell us AGAIN how safe and sound Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are!! MORON.

    Getting this fool out of the government has to be one of the highlights on the year. We at least have a fighting chance now to save this country.

    January 26, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. sue clarke

    Go Barney! Many happy returns.

    January 26, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Wes B.

    I don't really care about his love life, but I'll miss Barney in congress. He's a hoot! Never afraid to tell the truth.

    January 26, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Ron

    I wish them the very best...... I wish he were still in congress but hope his future is rich with love.

    January 26, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Jake

    Congratulations! and thank you for your dedicated political career to helping others!

    January 26, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Who on God's green earth is desperate or stupid enough to marry this fool???!!!! But it sure does give hope to every single human being on the planet that somewhere out there, there is somebody waiting for you.

    January 26, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. ted

    Wait till the baying dogs in the GOP candidate clown car and Fox Noise get a hold of this and castigate Frank for doing something that quite frankly should be allowed everywhere.

    January 26, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Kris Craig


    January 26, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Max Powers

    It's disgusting for people that old to get married! Just kidding, thanks for years of service Barney.

    January 26, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. bob

    Good for them. May they find happiness together.

    January 26, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Just Me

    May you kiss the bride..Im sorry groom. LOL. Congratulations Barney. What took you so long?

    January 26, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. JDog

    JPG. Just Plain Gross.

    January 26, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Jamie from Riverside

    Congratulations, man!
    Can I come to the wedding?

    January 26, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    Congratulations and many more happy years together. We will miss you in Washington.
    To the haters, get over it!

    January 26, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Tom

    Congratulations and I wish you well. Thanks for the service to our nation.

    January 26, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |