Congrats to Rep. Barney Frank, who got married in Newton, Massachusetts last night to Jim Ready: a welder, carpenter, and small-business owner who’s exactly 30 years Rep. Frank’s junior. (That makes Mr. Ready 42.) The ceremony took place on the banks of the Charles River.
The pair met at a fundraiser in 2005. Mr. Ready was involved with his long-time boyfriend, Robert Palmer, who was suffering an unspecified, terminal ailment. Mr. Frank was impressed with Mr. Ready’s devotion to his partner. After Mr. Palmer died, the congressman and the welder became friends, and then more.
On their many days apart, Mr. Frank and Mr. Ready watch the same TV shows while speaking on the telephone.
Mr. Frank is the first member of the United States House of Representatives to marry a member of his own gender.