Retiring Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank will marry his boyfriend Jim Ready, The Washington Post reported.

The 71-year-old Frank announced in November that he would not seek re-election in 2012 because of redistricting changes that would force him out of his 4th congressional District and into an attempt to represent new constituents for only a few years before he retires.

Frank and Ready, 42, a resident of Maine, first met at a 2005 fundraiser in Maine. The couple began dating in 2007, after Ready's partner died.

Frank officially came out gay at the age of 47, during his fourth term as congressman, in a Boston Globe May 30, 1987 front page story titled Frank Discuses Being Gay. He said he was prompted to come forward by the death of Stewart McKinney, a closeted bisexual Republican representative from Connecticut.

Although Frank was closeted during his early political life, he strongly supported gay rights. After coming out, Frank backed a number of gay rights measures in the House.

The couple will marry in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004. Details on the couple's wedding plans were not available.