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article imageRep. Barney Frank, first US Congressman in gay marriage

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jul 8, 2012 in Politics
Boston - Democratic Rep. Barney Frank, 72, became the first sitting congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage when he wed his partner, James Ready, 42, on Saturday.
Reuters reports that the wedding which took place at the Marriott Newton in suburban Boston, attracted top Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren, who is running against Republican Scott Brown for Senate seat in Massachusetts. Niki Tsonga, a Massachusetts Democratic representative also attended.
Daily Mail reports that Harry Gural, Frank's spokesman, said the ceremony was witnessed by 300 relatives, friends and colleagues of the couple.
Governor of Massachusetts Devel Patrick, officiated the ceremony, NBC reports.
Patrick added some levity at the occasion by saying that Frank and Ready had vowed to love each other through Democratic and Republican administrations alike, and through appearances on Fox News.
According to Al Green, a Democratic congressman from Texas who attended the ceremony, "Barney was beaming" all through the ceremony, and even shed a tear.
After the men had exchanged vows, they embraced. According to Green, "It was no different than any other wedding I've attended when you have two people who are in love with each other."
Boston Globe reports that Congressman James P.McGovern, a Worcester Democrat who attended the wedding, said, "I’m thrilled for him. Massachusetts has always led the way, but Barney has been out front on civil rights issues for a while."
Frank is a Massachusetts Democrat and former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. He won a seat in Congress in 1980 and has said he would retire at the end of his current term. NBC reports he has been a leading advocate of gay rights, and has been openly gay since the late 1980s, He is respected for his "legislative acumen." He was the architect of the reforms in the Dodd-Frank bill that President Obama signed into law in 2010, following the financial crisis connected with the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market.
According to NBC, Frank's office announced in January that he would marry Ready. The two met at a political fundraiser in Ready's home state of Maine. According to the Daily Mail, Ready of Ogunquit, owns a small business and does awnings, carpentry, painting, welding and general handyman services. He is also a photographer.
President Barack Obama was not invited to the ceremony. Frank said he did not want the President's Secret Service retinue to inconvenience the guests.
NBC reports that the news media were also not allowed at the ceremony. Frank, according to Reuters, said: "We are not doing any media today."
In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the US where same-sex marriage is legal. More than 18,000 same-sex couples have taken advantage to wed in Massachusetts.
Eight of the 50 states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage and recent polls show support of gay marriage rising among Americans.
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