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Rockntractor
07-07-2012, 11:23 PM
By Tim McLaughlin

BOSTON (Reuters) - Democratic Representative Barney Frank wed his longtime partner, James Ready, on Saturday, becoming the first sitting congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officiated the ceremony and added some levity by saying Frank, 72, and Ready, 42, had vowed to love each other through Democratic and Republican administrations alike, and even through appearances on Fox News, according to Al Green, a Democratic congressman from Texas.

"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.

Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat and a former chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, has been an openly gay congressman since the late 1980s.

He is well known for his legislative acumen, including as an architect of the reforms in the Dodd-Frank bill, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010 in the wake of the financial crisis following the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market.

Frank's office in January announced he would marry Ready, whom he met at a political fundraiser in Ready's home state of Maine. Ready lives in Ogunquit, where he does carpentry, painting and welding work. Frank and Ready have been involved since 2007.

The evening wedding took place at the Boston Marriott Newton in suburban Boston, attracting political luminaries including Nancy Pelosi, top Democrat in the House of Representatives, and Niki Tsongas, a Massachusetts Democratic representative.

Before the ceremony, Frank greeted family and friends in a traditional black tuxedo. He was tanned and appeared relaxed. News media were not allowed to attend the ceremony.

"We're not doing any media today," Frank told Reuters.

Frank won a seat in Congress in 1980 and said he will retire at the end of the current term. Besides championing financial reform and the rights of fisherman, Frank has been a vocal supporter of gay rights, which have been gathering support in public opinion polls and high courts.

In May, for example, a federal appeals court in Boston ruled that a U.S. law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unconstitutionally denies benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples.

The ruling on the 1996 law, the Defense of Marriage Act, marked a victory for gay rights groups and President Obama, whose administration announced last year it considered the law unconstitutional and would no longer defend it.

Also in May, President Obama openly endorsed gay marriage, a move that will surely be a flashpoint in the upcoming presidential election.

His Republican opponent, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, opposes gay marriage, saying marriage should be limited to a union between one man and one woman.

Eight of the 50 states and the District of Columbia permit gay marriage. Several polls show public support of gay marriage rising.

In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the country where same-sex couples could be legally married. More than 18,000 same-sex couples since then have wed in Massachusetts, according to MassEquality, an advocacy group for gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
Now they can raise a family of little dingle berries.

Odysseus
07-08-2012, 02:41 PM
Wuv is bwind and deaf, too.

Hubie
07-08-2012, 10:09 PM
Ick. I think I threw up in my mouth a little.

Gina
07-09-2012, 02:58 AM
and President Obama, whose administration announced last year it considered the law unconstitutional and would no longer defend it.
Isn't it weird how you can read this sentence and so many things come to mind. Pick a law, any law. :cold:

As far as the "wedding" it gives me the same feeling as Elton John's did. Ick.

RobJohnson
07-09-2012, 03:16 AM
Ready lives in Ogunquit, where he does carpentry, painting and welding work

At least we know who the man is in the partnership. :evil-grin:

I bet he married for money. :rotfl:

Wibbins
07-09-2012, 10:15 AM
and President Obama, whose administration announced last year it considered the law unconstitutional and would no longer defend it.

I love how President Obama went around the Supreme Court and deemed something unconstitutional, did he even take a civics class?:rolleyes:

Hubie
07-09-2012, 01:02 PM
I love how President Obama went around the Supreme Court and deemed something unconstitutional, did he even take a civics class?:rolleyes:

Gods don't take civics classes, you numbskull! :friendly_wink: Whatever they decree becomes the law of the land!

Generation Why?
07-09-2012, 01:49 PM
Quite an age difference. But whatever, all the best for him and his ridiculously young Husband. I am assuming Barney is the Wife in the relationship.

Madisonian
07-09-2012, 07:23 PM
Ick. I think I threw up in my mouth a little.

While I understand and even agree, particularly in this case, one thing I can never quite understand.

When people throw up, where else but their mouth could they?

JB
07-09-2012, 07:44 PM
While I understand and even agree, particularly in this case, one thing I can never quite understand.

When people throw up, where else but their mouth could they?Please, let's not threadjack down that road. :biggrin-new:

/end threadjack (hopefully)

JB
07-09-2012, 07:47 PM
I hope Mr. Ready is written into the will.

I can't imagine being subjected to having 72 year old nasty ass Barney putting his stuff inside various parts of your body only to not receive a payoff in the end, as it were.

Wei Wu Wei
07-10-2012, 09:27 PM
I wonder why people always try to figure out who is the man and who is the woman in a homosexual relationship. They are both the man, obviously. A man and a man. If they wanted a "man-woman" relationship then they wouldn't be marrying each other.

Wei Wu Wei
07-10-2012, 09:32 PM
I think people believe that the only way a relationship can work is if someone plays the role of "man" while the other plays the role of "woman". So if it's two men, one of them must be acting as a woman, and if it's two women, one of them must be acting as a man.

I don't think that's necessarily the case. I have a friend, a tall, blonde, fit attractive woman who is interested in other women. She told me she likes her women to be very stereotypically "feminine" and that if she wanted a masculine partner she would just find a man (which was hard on me, because I was always attracted to her).

Rockntractor
07-10-2012, 09:44 PM
I think people believe that the only way a relationship can work is if someone plays the role of "man" while the other plays the role of "woman". So if it's two men, one of them must be acting as a woman, and if it's two women, one of them must be acting as a man.

I don't think that's necessarily the case. I have a friend, a tall, blonde, fit attractive woman who is interested in other women. She told me she likes her women to be very stereotypically "feminine" and that if she wanted a masculine partner she would just find a man (which was hard on me, because I was always attracted to her).

Which are you?

Wei Wu Wei
07-10-2012, 09:53 PM
I'm a big strong manly man, so straight and manly that I'm super opposed to gayness in fact anything gay just turns my stomach that's how not gay I am look I'll prove it by saying negative things about gays every day

sound familiar?

Rockntractor
07-10-2012, 09:59 PM
I'm a big strong manly man, so straight and manly that I'm super opposed to gayness in fact anything gay just turns my stomach that's how not gay I am look I'll prove it by saying negative things about gays every day

sound familiar?

Do you ever put on anything pretty or make yourself smell pretty just for the heck of it, I noticed on Who's online that Thinkingbig was looking at your butt.

Wei Wu Wei
07-10-2012, 10:18 PM
Do you ever put on anything pretty or make yourself smell pretty just for the heck of it, I noticed on Who's online that Thinkingbig was looking at your butt.

I look like a statue and I smell like onions and leather. Do you notice things like that often?

Rockntractor
07-10-2012, 10:45 PM
I look like a statue and I smell like onions and leather. Do you notice things like that often?

You are stoned and like to be whipped and are into vegetable play, TMI!

Apache
07-10-2012, 11:01 PM
You are stoned and like to be whipped and are into vegetable play, TMI!

Only you Rock... Only you...




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