Barney Frank, First Openly Gay Congressman, Gets Married
Barney Frank, the first openly gay congressman, tied the knot with his partner, James Ready, on Saturday evening. This marriage makes Frank the first sitting congressman in a same-s*x marriage.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officiated the wedding between 72-year-old Frank and 42-year-old Ready in a private ceremony in front of 300 of their friends and associates. Obama was not invited because the secret service would have ruined the intimacy of the gathering. The two met back in 2007 at a political fundraiser in Maine. Worcester democrat and congressman, James P. McGovern, who also attended the wedding, said that ‘Massachusetts has always led the way, but Barney has been out front on civil rights issues for a while.’
Frank will be retiring after over 30 of service in government offices and over 30 years of inspiring change in the community. Frank has been a trailblazer in social reform throughout his time in politics. he has championed financial reforms and promoted gay rights. Before he was a member of congress, Frank spent 8 years on the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He is the first openly gay politician to be elected to a national office and he is now a happily married man.
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