Rep. Barney Frank on Saturday married his longtime partner Jim Ready, and became the first U.S. congressman to marry somebody of the same-sex. About 300 people, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. John Kerry, attended the ceremony in Newton, Mass.
The ceremony was officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a supporter of marriage equality, and the couple created personalized vows:
Do you promise to love each other and be each other’s best friend,In sickness and in health,In Congress or in retirement,Whether the surf is up or the surf’s flat,For richer or for poorer,Under the Democrats or the Republicans,Whether the slopes are powdery or icy,Whether the book reviews are good or bad,For better or for worse,On MSNBC or on Fox,For as long as you both shall live.
Frank in April explained why he was getting married while he was still in office. Frank said, "I think it’s important that my colleagues interact with a married gay man." Frank plans to retire at the end of the current term.
In a statement to Hollywood.com, GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said:
"For decades, Representative Frank has blazed trails in tireless pursuit of equality for every American. It's only fitting that he's now become the first sitting Congressman to wed his same-sex partner, once again reshaping the texts of history and personifying the opinion shared by a majority of Americans who believe everyone should be able to marry the person they love. We extend our warmest congratulations to Rep. Frank, his husband and their families."