U.S. House Rep Barney Frank on Saturday married his longterm partner in a service officiated by Massachusetts governor 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.
According to reports, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi also attended the event as well as Senator John Kerry and Frank’s fellow House colleagues, Representatives Dennis J. Kucinich and Steny H. Hoyer.
Frank is believed to be the first sitting US congressperson to marry a same-sex partner.
The New York Times has a lovely write up of the day and the history of how the two met. You can read the full piece here, but it offers us the following insight into the pair’s vows:
And in vows written by the couple, Mr. Frank and Mr. Ready pledged to love each other “on MSNBC or on Fox” and “in Congress or in retirement,” a reference to Mr. Frank’s decision not to seek another term.
And also this from Nancy Pelosi:
Ms. Pelosi said at the reception on Saturday that it was appropriate that a landmark same-sex wedding take place around the Fourth of July. “It’s about expanding freedom,” she said. “This opportunity was a long time coming.”
Frank has made it known that he actually hopes to marry Ready twice. The couple would like to hold a ceremony in Ready’s home state of Maine next year too, that is if Maine legalizes marriage equality at the ballot this November.
And what a wedding gift that would be.
Congratulations to Barney and Jim!