United States Democratic representative Barney Frank has become the first sitting congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage, wedding his long-time partner James Ready. Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick officiated the ceremony.
Texas Democratic congressman Al Green, who attended the wedding, said Mr Patrick added some levity by saying Mr Frank, 72, and Mr Ready, 42, had vowed to love each other through Democratic and Republican administrations alike, and even through appearances on Fox News.
“Barney was beaming,” Mr Green said. He said Mr Frank, a champion of gay rights and the sweeping reform of Wall Street, shed a tear during the ceremony and the couple embraced after exchanging their vows. ”It was no different than any other wedding I’ve attended when you have two people who are in love with each other,” Mr Green said.
Mr 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 US president Barack Obama signed into law in 2010 in the wake of the financial crisis following the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market :: Read the full article »»»»