Barney Frank

Barney Frank weds

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Democrat Barney Frank has got married to his long time partner James Ready:

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.

Not for the crumpet?

So Joseph Kennedy III is standing for office for altruistic reasons and not the crumpet?

Joseph Kennedy III said he is formally jumping into the race for the congressional seat now held by retiring Representative Barney Frank.

Kennedy, the son of former US Congressman Joseph Kennedy II and a grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, said he would work hard to earn every vote and if elected would bring a “fight for fairness to the US Congress”.

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