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It was by choice that Rep. Barney Frank came out of the closet 25 years ago not the first gay congressman, but the first to announce voluntarily that he was gay.
On Saturday, he took another deliberate first step: By exchanging vows in Massachusetts with his longtime boyfriendJim Ready of Ogunquit, Maine, six months before his planned retirement, Frank will spend the rest of his time in office as the nation first congressman in a same sex marriage.
think it important, he told New York magazine in April, my colleagues interact with a married gay man. 300 friends and relatives gathered at the Boston Marriott hotel in Newton, Mass. (in Frank district), to see the veteran Democratic lawmaker, 72 who has represented that district since 1981 wed Ready, 42, the owner of a carpentry/welding/custom awnings shop and an avid outdoorsman. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, an early champion of the state first in the nation legalization of gay marriage, was the officiant for the private (no media), short (less than five minutes) and rather personalized ceremony, according to the congressman office:
Do you promise to love each other and be each other best friend,
For as long as you both shall live.
The couple (wearing matching Joseph Abboud tuxedos and colorful bow ties) exchanged rings selected by Ready black diamonds set in tungsten, a welding metal. The dozen groomsmen wore Abboud suits (a gift from Frank and Ready because the company is based in Massachusetts).
Then Patrick offered a prayer Father, thank you for this day and this joy. Grant Barney and Jim long life, good health, wisdom, patience, kindness, understanding, laughter, and loving family and friends and pronounced them married.
Otherwise, lululemon outlet sounds like it was just your average Beltway power broker wedding: After the outdoor ceremony, guests had cocktails on the banks of the Charles River, then went inside for a seated dinner and dancing. No firs lululemon outlet t danc lululemon outlet e for the grooms, but they were hoisted in chairs during the hora, we heard, and Nancy Pelosi cut a rug on the dance floor to some swing tunes. Other guests included Sen. John Kerry; Reps. strategist types Hilary Rosen, Robert Raben, Steve Elmendorf and Frank sister Ann Lewis.
Frank did not invite President Barack Obama because he did not want the presidential security team to disrupt the small town, he told C Span in May: don want to be accused of having shut down the entire region for a five mile radius on a holiday weekend. I don want my guests going through a magnetometer not to my party. newlyweds met at a fundraiser in Ready home state of Maine in 2005 and struck up a friendship; after Ready long term partner died in 2007, he and Frank began dating.
Frank announced last fall that he would not seek reelection this year, citing the rigors of the job and his desire to devote more time to his personal life. have a partner now, he told Charlie Rose earlier this year. in love for the first time in my life. Canadiens’It was right there and slipped through my hands': Brewer fighter defeated in MMA title bout
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