Massachusetts Representative Barney
Frank will marry his longtime partner Jim Ready in a private ceremony
over the weekend.
A Frank spokesman told the Boston
Globe that the 72-year-old representative would prefer not to
disclose his wedding date.
But speaking on C-SPAN's Newsmakers
in May, Frank spilled several details, including that he is marrying
on a “Saturday afternoon” and “a holiday weekend” in July.
The Globe also reported that
Maine Representative Chellie Pingree and her husband, hedge-fund
manager Donald Sussman, plan to attend Saturday's ceremony. The
Tab reported that Newton Mayor Setti Warren and his wife
Tassy will also be in attendance.
On Newsmakers, Frank said
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were welcome at
his wedding, provided they leave their Secret Service detail at home.
“If he and Michelle wanted to come, I
would be delighted and honored to have them. But he will bring the
“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
“[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.
Frank also hopes to marry Ready twice.
The congressman told a crowd in Portland, Maine that they are looking
forward to a do-over next year in Ready's home state of Maine,
provided voters approve a gay marriage law in the fall.