Monday, July 9, 2012

Congratulations: Barney Frank Ties the Knot!

From the New York Times:

Mr. Frank, 72, and Mr. Ready, 42, were married in Newton, Mass., part of Mr. Frank’s district, on Saturday in a low-key ceremony on the banks of the Charles River. Gov. Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts officiated. The guests included Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, as well as Senator John Kerry and Representatives Dennis J. Kucinich and Steny H. Hoyer.

Mr. Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, became, in 1987, the first sitting member of Congress to volunteer that he was gay. He is now the first to be married to a partner of the same sex. Both bridegrooms said they recognized the historical significance of the ceremony, which lasted less than five minutes. Governor Patrick told the guests that Mr. Frank had requested that the service “be short and to the point.”

In true Barney Frank spirit, marching to the beat of his own drum, the couple exchanged non-traditional vows. 
Do you promise to love each other and be each other’s best friend,
In sickness and in health,
In Congress or in retirement,
Whether the surf is up or the surf’s flat,
For richer or for poorer,
Under the Democrats or the Republicans,
Whether the slopes are powdery or icy,
Whether the book reviews are good or bad,
For better or for worse,
On MSNBC or on Fox,
For as long as you both shall live.

I love these vows! Congrats to Barney and Ready! 

1. Will Congressman Frank's nuptials have any impact on congress or the nations views on same-sex marriage?
2. With Anderson Cooper recently coming out as a proud Gay-American, would it be helpful for more successful, powerful and famous people, who are gay, to come forward? Maybe even marry their partner?
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