Barney Frank marries longtime partner
July 7th, 2012
08:02 PM ET
11 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)

    Love it!

    July 8, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  2. Thomas

    This is why America is such disarray. So say to see same sex marriage. It is completely in opposition to our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness. The behavior that will take place in the bedroom is just like it was in Sodom and Gomorrah. May Jesus' atonement not be in vain; Oh, the suffering you have caused Him to experience! The wicked will be restored to their wickedness, while the just will be restored to the just. Sin never was happiness.

    July 8, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  3. Ray

    Gee CNN....why not photos of the happy couple?

    July 8, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  4. FUBAR

    Who cares...maybe he will have a visitor when he finally is put behind bars for his part of the financial crisis

    July 8, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  5. barry

    Thats disgusting!

    July 8, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  6. Stephen in VA

    Some day maybe we'll mature to the point where stories like this won't be news events.

    July 8, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  7. Bernie

    Barney... MAZEL TOV!!!!!

    July 8, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  8. Brian

    By any fair standard Barney should be in jail!!!

    July 8, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  9. t lobenstein

    So what? Same for divorce between Tom Cruse and Kate Holmes. Not news. Quit making heroes of these nuts (Frank and Cruse) and perhaps the country can start to heal

    July 8, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  10. Elliott Carlin

    I heard Barney wore the tux. At least we know who is pretending to wear the pants in that 'family'.

    July 8, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  11. bigmack

    God have mercy on this people.

    July 8, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  12. bigmack

    What an embarrasment to the US. God have mercy on this people.

    July 8, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  13. T'sah From Virginia

    Congratulations!!! To each their own and no one should have the authority to say differently!!

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    July 8, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  14. Convoluted

    Congrats to the couple...

    July 8, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  15. Postmaster

    Oh, please, like we need to know this? Yay......he's leaving office, woooohoooo! How about taking Pelosi with you, Barney?

    July 8, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  16. chris

    If that state wants to let them get married.. fine. but represent people in govt... no way. I dont want a gay man representing me. I think it's wrong. And I dont want to see it. keep that stuff private. The whole state will be nothing but rainbows and unicorns now... just sick.

    July 8, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. Sam

    Yuck. I would say the same thing regardless of his sexual orientation. Yuck.

    July 8, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  18. George Hotaling

    I hope that he handles the finances of his new life better than he handled his committee that caused the financial meltdown of our nations economy. He and Chris Dodd should both be indicted!!!

    July 8, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  19. Albert

    The good news is that he is not seeking re-erection

    July 8, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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