Barney Frank Marries Long Time Partner
Congressman Barney Frank has become the first Member of Congress in a same-sex marriage:
Rep. Barney Frank married his longtime partner, Jim Ready, in Newton, Massachusetts on Saturday evening.
Frank, 72, and Ready, 42, tied the knot at the Boston Marriott hotel in a ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, his office announced in a press release. More than 300 guests were in attendance.
Frank, who has decided not to run for re-election, is the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage.
Though he didn’t plan the wedding around his retirement, Frank has said that the timing worked out well.
“There’s an unintended benefit,” he told New York magazine earlier this year. “I want to get married. I do think, to be honest, if I was running for reelection, I might have tried to put the marriage off until after the election, because it just becomes a complication.”
Interesting that Frank would think it would be a “complication” to get married in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage has been legal for years. In any event, politics aside, I suppose congratulations are in order. In other news, The New York Times featured the wedding in its Sunday weddings section, although that in itself is not unusual since the Times has been writing up same-sex ceremonies for several years now.