Barney Frank to wed partner in Massachusetts

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 26, 2012 1:28 PM
Barney Frank to wed partner in Massachusetts

BOSTON (Reuters) - Barney Frank, the 16-term congressman from Massachusetts, plans to marry his partner, his office said on Thursday.

Frank, 71, who announced his retirement late last year, will marry partner Jim Ready in a ceremony in Massachusetts, spokesman Harry Gural said.

Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004.

No other details on the date or location were being released at this time.

Elected to the House of Representatives in 1980, Frank, a democrat, was one of the first openly gay politicians to serve at a national level.

(Reporting By Lauren Keiper; Editing by Paul Thomsach)