Frank becomes 1st sitting US Congressman to enter gay marriage
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.
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.