BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – On Saturday, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) became the first sitting congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage, when he married his partner, James Ready, in a ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
Patrick joked that Frank and Ready vowed to love each other through both Democratic and Republican administrations, and even through appearances on Fox News Channel.
Frank, 72, was elected to the House in 1980, and was formerly chairman of the powerful Financial Services Committee. He came out in 1987, the first Member of Congress to voluntarily do so. He met Ready, 42, during a political fundraiser in the latter’s home state of Maine. The wedding took place on Saturday evening at the Boston Marriott Newton, in suburban Boston, and was attended by political heavyweights, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California).
Frank announced last year that he will retire at the end of his current term, in January 2013.