Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., married longtime partner Jim Ready in a short ceremony on July 7 in Newton, Mass.
In a civil wedding officiated by Gov. Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts, the two men exchanged vows that included loving each other “on MSNBC or on Fox” and “in Congress or in retirement,” reported The New York Times.
Known for his intellect and sharp tongue, Frank was notorious for critical tirades and at times brought the subjects of his ire to tears. An influential leader in Congress, Frank was also the country’s first openly gay representative. Having worked in Congress for 45 years, Frank announced his retirement late last year after redistricting in his state would have made it more difficult to win re-election.
The 72-year-old congressman met 42-year-old carpenter Ready in 2005 at a political fundraiser.
The New York Times described a change in Frank after the notoriously cranky personality developed a relationship with his now-husband, including a quote from a leading House Republican: “I should’ve known you were here,” he said after bumping into Ready in a hallway. “Barney was nice to me today.”
During the quiet ceremony, the two partners exchanged wedding bands with black diamonds set in tungsten.
“The kids that are going to see us, and feel strong enough to be able to come out and be who they are. That gives me more encouragement that I’m doing the right thing,” Ready said to the Times.
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