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Barney Frank Marries His Long Time Partner James Ready

The first openly gay Congressman is now the first congressman in a same-sex marriage. In their July 7 wedding in Boston, the grooms wore tuxedos and participated in a short, personal ceremony. Attendees included Sen. John Kerry, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, and the ceremony was officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick.

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The Happy Couple

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U.S. Representative Barney Frank and his partner James Ready pose during their wedding reception in this handout photo taken in Newton, Massachusetts received by Reuters July 7, 2012.

The couple met in 2005. Ready was inspired as a teenager by Frank's coming out, and said “I had a crush on him for 20 years." Frank, 72, and Ready, 42, wrote their own vows and declared that they would love each other "on MSNBC or on Fox” and “in Congress or in retirement." Frank does seem to realize the political impact of his decision to get married now, saying "I did want to get married while I was still in office. I think it's important that my colleagues interact with a married gay man."