Rep. Barney Frank, the first openly gay member of Congress, married his longtime partner Jim Ready on Saturday at a ceremony presided over by the Deval Patrick, the Democratic governor of Massachusetts.
House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, and Reps. Al Green of Texas and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, were among the 300 guests at the wedding at the Marriott hotel in Newton, Mass., CBS' Boston affiliate, WBZ-TV
Green told the station, “This is an opportunity for them to do what so many others have been free to do for years and years in this country.” McGovern added, “This is just a day to celebrate. This is a wonderful marriage, two great people. I’m just thrilled to be here.”
Ready, 42, who hails from Maine, runs a custom carpentry and welding company in addition to being a photographer.
Frank, 72, the former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has represented the Fourth District of Massachusetts since 1981, but is not seeking re-election in November.
“To be honest, if I was running for reelection, I might have tried to put the marriage off until after the election, because it just becomes a complication," Frank admitted to New York magazine earlier this year. But I did want to get married while I was still in office.”
Before the wedding, he had joked that he would have been delighted to have President Barack Obama and his family in attendance, but would regret the Secret Service shutting down everything “for a five-mile radius on a holiday weekend.”
Frank becomes the first sitting member of Congress to be in a same-sex marriage.
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