Veteran lawmaker Barney Frank married longtime boyfriend Jim Ready on Saturday night in Newton, Massachusetts, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to marry to a partner of the same-sex. Details are now trickling of what one guest called the "wedding of the century for liberal gay Democratic politics," according to the New York Times.
Senator John Kerry and Gov. Deval L. Patrick left early. But Representative Nancy Pelosi stayed late — and swayed on the dance floor to “It’s Raining Men.” Elizabeth Kucinich snapped photographs, as her husband, Dennis, chatted up Representative Steny H. Hoyer by the hors d’oeuvres. And Terrence McNally, the playwright, joined in the hora and a group singalong of "Low Rider" by War, with President Obama-themed lyrics written for the occasion.
Massachusetts Governor Patrick, a champion of states implementing marriage equality, officiated the ceremony.
Frank offered up his relationship status back in 1987 by publicly announcing he was gay. And he was the first congressman to do so voluntarily.
This is the first marriage for both Frank and Ready.