Ranking member U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) questions U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as he testifies at a hearing on Capitol Hill on March 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
Retiring Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank (D) will marry his longtime partner Jim Ready of Maine, NBC News reports. An aide to the congressman says the wedding will be in his home state.
A wedding date has not been announced nor are there details of the proposal.
In 1987, Frank became the first ever openly gay member of Congress, and is now one of three. In November, Frank announced his intention to not seek re-election in 2012 after he finishes his 16th term in the seat, citing redistricting as the reason.
Gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts, as well as several other states, including New Hampshire, New York, Iowa, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., and Vermont. Civil unions for same-sex couples are allowed in Rhode Island.
Frank has long been a lightning rod in Washington, known for his characteristically blunt commentary. He's been a favorite target of conservative Republicans, most recently former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who suggested in his campaigning for president that Frank be jailed for his role in crafting policies that, Gingrich claims, led to the housing crisis.
Ready, 42, lives in Ogunquit, Maine. He has a small business doing custom awnings, carpentry, painting, welding and other general handyman services, Gural said. Ready is also a photographer. The two men have been together since spring 2007.
Frank, 71, was attending a retreat Thursday with other House Democrats on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
During an appearance on PBS' "The Charlie Rose Show" earlier this month, Frank said he was looking forward to leaving Congress and spending time with Ready.
"Look, I have a partner now, Jim Ready; I have an emotional attachment. I'm in love for the first time in my life," Frank said on the show.
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