Rep. Barney Frank to tie the knot in Massachusetts

If Frank marries before he leaves office, the longest-serving out gay member of Congress will be the first to be in a same-sex marriage.


Congratulations are in order as the senior out elected official on the Hill, Rep. Barney Frank (MA-D), is going to marry his long-time partner, 42 years-old Jim Ready.

Harry Gural, spokesman in Frank’s press office, added that Ready is a photographer who also owns a small business doing custom awnings, carpentry, painting, welding and other general handyman services. (The Washington Blade):

“We are thrilled for Barney and Jim, and offer them both our congratulations and best wishes,” Wolfe said. ”As one of the world’s most visible out elected officials, Barney Frank has long used his position and influence to draw attention to the freedoms LGBT Americans deserve but still do not enjoy. It’s fitting that as his time in Congress comes to a close, he will finally take advantage of the freedom to marry in his home state of Massachusetts.”

The 71-year-old Frank came out of the closet in 1987. Chuck Wolfe of The Victory Fund added:

We are thrilled for Barney and Jim, and offer them both our congratulations and best wishes,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.  “As one of the world’s most visible out elected officials, Barney Frank has long used his position and influence to draw attention to the freedoms LGBT Americans deserve but still do not enjoy.  It’s fitting that as his time in Congress comes to a close, he will finally take advantage of the freedom to marry in his home state of Massachusetts.”

 

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