He may be retiring, but for Democratic Rep. Barney Frank a new life is just beginning: On Saturday, Frank wed longtime boyfriend, James Ready, in a ceremony presided over by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
In attendance were a number of Democratic powerhouses, including former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren. Rep Al Green (D-TX) told MSNBC:
“Barney was beaming,” said Green, who attended the ceremony. He added that Frank, a champion of gay rights and the sweeping reform of Wall Street, shed a tear during the ceremony.
After exchanging their vows, Frank and Ready embraced each other, Green said. “It was no different than any other wedding I’ve attended when you have two people who are in love with each other,” Green said.
The ceremony, at the Marriott in Newton, MA, makes Frank, 72, the first sitting congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage. He was also one of the first members of Congress to come out, publicly discussing his sexuality in the mid-1980s after a scandal involving his aide and an escort ring.
Widely respected on both sides of the aisle, Frank has served as a chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and passionate about financial reform, fishing rights and LGBT equality. In 2004, his home state of Massachusetts became the first state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.