Frank becomes 1st sitting US Congressman to enter gay marriage

Last Updated: Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 16:04

New York: 72-year-old Barney Frank has become the first sitting US Congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage, as he tied the knot with his long-time partner.

The nuptials between Frank and his 42-year-old partner Jim Ready took place yesterday evening at a hotel in Boston before 300 relatives, friends and colleagues.

Frank, a Democrat from Newton, is one of the first openly gay politicians in national office and has served in Congress since 1981. Ready, works as a photographer and runs a small business, the Boston Globe newspaper reported.

"I`m thrilled for him," the newspaper quoted, US Representative James P McGovern, a Worcester Democrat. "Massachusetts has always led the way, but Barney has been out front on civil rights issues for a while."

Guests who attended the wedding include Senator John Kerry, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, John Tierney, Rosa DeLauro and Al Green, a Texas Democrat who served with Frank on the House Financial Services Committee.

"He`s a wonderful person," Green said. "[Frank] is one of the most brilliant persons I`ve ever known."

President Obama was not invited as the congressman did not want the Secret Service presence to inconvenience the town or his guests, the paper said.


First Published: Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 16:03

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