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    Source: ABC News

    Congressman Barney Frank Marries Longtime Partner


    NEWTON, Mass. July 8, 2012 (AP)

    U.S. Rep. Barney Frank has tied the knot with his longtime partner in a ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

    Frank spokesman Harry Gural says the 72-year-old congressman married 42-year-old Jim Ready in a Saturday evening wedding at the Boston Marriott hotel in Newton. Gural says more than 300 friends, family and colleagues attended.

    Frank, a Democrat who is retiring after more than three decades in office, represents the 4th Congressional District in southeastern Massachusetts.

    Ready, of Ogunquit, Maine, has a small business doing custom awnings, carpentry, painting, welding and other general handyman services. He's also a photographer.

    Source: Huffington Post

    Barney Frank, Jim Ready Marry In Massachusetts

    By Tim McLaughlin

    BOSTON, July 7 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Representative Barney Frank wed his longtime partner, James Ready, on Saturday, becoming the first sitting congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage.

    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officiated the ceremony and added some levity by saying Frank, 72, and Ready, 42, had vowed to love each other through Democratic and Republican administrations alike, and even through appearances on Fox News, according to Al Green, a Democratic congressman from Texas.

    "Barney was beaming," said Green, who attended the ceremony. He added that Frank, a champion of gay rights and the sweeping reform of Wall Street, shed a tear during the ceremony.

    After exchanging their vows, Frank and Ready embraced each other, Green said. "It was no different than any other wedding I've attended when you have two people who are in love with each other," Green said.

    Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat and a former chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, has been an openly gay congressman since the late 1980s.

    He is well known for his legislative acumen, including as an architect of the reforms in the Dodd-Frank bill, which U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010 in the wake of the financial crisis following the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market.

    Frank's office in January announced he would marry Ready, whom he met at a political fundraiser in Ready's home state of Maine. Ready lives in Ogunquit, where he does carpentry, painting and welding work. Frank and Ready have been involved since 2007.

    The evening wedding took place at the Boston Marriott Newton in suburban Boston, attracting political luminaries including Nancy Pelosi, top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Niki Tsongas, a Massachusetts Democratic representative.

    Before the ceremony, Frank greeted family and friends in a traditional black tuxedo. He was tanned and appeared relaxed. News media were not allowed to attend the ceremony.

    "We're not doing any media today," Frank told Reuters.

    Frank won a seat in Congress in 1980 and said he will retire at the end of the current term. Besides championing financial reform and the rights of fisherman, Frank has been a vocal supporter of gay rights, which have been gathering support in public opinion polls and U.S. high courts.

    In May, for example, a federal appeals court in Boston ruled that a U.S. law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unconstitutionally denies benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples.

    The ruling on the 1996 law, the Defense of Marriage Act, marked a victory for gay rights groups and President Obama, whose administration announced last year it considered the law unconstitutional and would no longer defend it.

    Also in May, President Obama openly endorsed gay marriage, a move that will surely be a flashpoint in the upcoming presidential election.

    His Republican opponent, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, opposes gay marriage, saying marriage should be limited to a union between one man and one woman.

    Eight of the 50 states and the District of Columbia permit gay marriage. Several polls show U.S. public support of gay marriage rising.

    In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the country where same-sex couples could be legally married. More than 18,000 same-sex couples since then have wed in Massachusetts, according to MassEquality, an advocacy group for gays, bisexuals and transgender people. (Reporting By Tim McLaughlin; editing by Todd Eastham)

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    Barney Frank weds Jim Ready to become first congressman in same-sex marriage
    By The Reliable Source


    Barney Frank and Jim Ready at their wedding reception (Jaime E. Connolly/Fotique via AP)
    It was by choice that Rep. Barney Frank came out of the closet 25 years ago — not the first gay congressman, but the first to announce voluntarily that he was gay.

    On Saturday, he took another deliberate first step: By exchanging vows in Massachusetts with his longtime boyfriend Jim Ready six months before his planned retirement, Frank will spend the rest of his time in office as the nation’s first congressman in a same-sex marriage.

    “I think it’s important,” he told New York magazine in April, “that my colleagues interact with a married gay man.”

    About 300 friends and relatives gathered at the Boston Marriott hotel in Newton, Mass., to see the veteran Democratic lawmaker, 72 — who has represented that district since 1981 — wed Ready, 42, the owner of a carpentry/welding/custom awnings shop and an avid outdoorsman. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, an early champion of the state’s first-in-the-nation legalization of gay marriage, served as officiant overseeing the rather personalized ceremony, according to the congressman’s office:

    Do you promise 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,

    For as long as you both shall live.

    Otherwise, sounds like it was just your average Beltway power-broker wedding: The grooms were hoisted in chairs during the Horah, we’ve heard, and Nancy Pelosi cut a rug on the dance floor to some swing tunes. Other guests included Sen. John Kerry; Reps. Bill Keating, Rosa DeLauro, Anna Eshoo, Eddie Bernice Johnson, and Jim McGovern; and D.C. strategist types Hilary Rosen, Robert Raben, Steve Elmendorf and Frank’s sister Ann Lewis.

    Frank announced last fall that he would not seek reelection this year, citing the rigors of the job and his desire to devote more time to his personal life. He and Ready, who met at a fundraiser in 2005, have been a couple since 2007.


    Frank and Ready’s official engagement photo. (Jaime E. Connolly/Fotique )

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    Team Barney - congratulations!
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    This is awesome. Congrats

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    I've always liked Barney - good for him for doing the deed.
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    Barney looks good for 72.

    Congrats to the couple.

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    72 and 42? Guuuurrrrl, he robbing the cradle!

    Good for him, congrats to the happy couple.

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    That must have been a great wedding! Much happines. Love the vows.
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    Yeah, congrats to Barney.

    This remains one of my all time favorite Barney Franks moments:
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    Congratulations to Barney and his husband. Barney is awesome. He will be missed in congress, but glad he gets to enjoy private life now.

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    Meh. He's the retard telling gays to not march or chain themselves to the White House fence because it's a "spectacle". Glad he could get married, but he doesn't get any of the benefits thanks to legislation he prefer gays not protest while a Democrat is in the oval office. Sellout geezer.
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    Congrats to them that's some age gap!
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