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Congressman Barney Frank Gets Hitched in Newton

The ceremony was held on Sat., July 7 at the Newton Marriott.

Wedding bells were ringing in Newton yesterday as local Congressman Barney Frank married longtime partner Jim Ready at the .

According to an Associated Press report, more than 300 friends, family members and colleagues attended the ceremony, which was officiated by Governor Deval Patrick. 

MSNBC noted in its report that this is the first same-sex marriage involving a sitting congressman. Frank, 72, has been openly gay since the mid-1980s

Ready, 42, owns a small business for carpentry, painting and other "general handyman" services, according to the AP. The Ogunquit, Maine resident also works as a photographer. 

During his tenure as a congressman, Frank has worked as a top-ranking member and former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. However, following , Frank announced late last year after more than 30 years . 

During a press conference held in November, Frank said he plans to spend his retirement in both Newton and Maine. 

Since his announcement to retire, a number of politicians have jumped at the chance to replace the well-known Newton Democrat including , Democrat , Brookline Republican , Fall River Republican, LaRouche Democrat  and Newton Democrat . 

Wendy Schapiro July 08, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Mazel tov, Barney and Jim! May you have a lifetime of happiness together!
David Schwartz July 08, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Mazel Tov to you and Jim! Now if you could help us find a good person to fill your seat in congress! Best of luck
Kristine Munroe July 09, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Mazel tov to Barney and Jim!
rick hatler July 09, 2012 at 05:24 PM
mazel tovv
Tom Sheff July 09, 2012 at 06:46 PM
To Jim and Barney: Mazel tov and I hope there are many wonderful years for the both of you. Take care of one another,.
rick hatler July 11, 2012 at 05:11 PM
censor much?
Melanie Graham (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Rick -- The Patch terms of use does not allow inappropriate language, derogatory remarks or swearing in our comments section. Use of these in the comments section can result in suspension of your account. You can review those terms here: http://newton.patch.com/terms.

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