Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), married his long-time partner Jim Ready in a ceremony conducted at the Boston Marriott hotel by Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts, this weekend. Frank, who was the first member of Congress to come out as openly gay in 1987, and who hails from the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, has now become the first member of Congress to marry a same-sex partner.
Three hundred friends, family members, and colleagues witnessed the historic nuptials, which took place Saturday at 6:25 p.m. overlooking the Charles River. The vows, which included traditional phrases like, “for better or for worse,” were also said to have featured some politically amusing additions, such as, “under the Democrats or the Republicans,” and, “on MSNBC or on FOX.” To see photos and read the full text of the wedding, click here.
Even prior to his wedding, Rep. Frank had expressed a desire for his Congressional colleagues to have interactions with a married gay man.