Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank says President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are welcome at his July wedding, provided they leave their Secret Service detail at home.

The 72-year-old Frank will marry his longtime partner Jim Ready in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004. The wedding will take place before Frank leaves Congress but the congressman has said he won't seek recognition of his marriage.

Speaking on C-SPAN's Newsmakers on Sunday, Frank said of Obama's invite to the wedding: “If he and Michelle wanted to come, I would be delighted and honored to have them. But he will bring the Secret Service.”

“I don't want to be accused of having shut down the entire region for a five mile radius on a holiday weekend,” he said. “I don't want my guests going through a magnetometer.”

“[I]t would ruin the party to have the Secret Service” there.

“I'm not critical of [the Secret Service], but they can go take their layered protection of the president somewhere else. Not to my party,” he added.