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Barney Frank marries longtime partner Jim Ready

In a ceremony officiated by the governor of Massachusetts, US Representative ­Barney Frank and his longtime partner, Jim Ready, were married Saturday.

“As you might imagine, at the request of the congressman, this service will be short and to the point,” said Governor Deval Patrick.

Patrick then asked the couple whether they would love each other “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.”

“I’m thrilled for him,” US Representative James P. McGovern, a Worcester Democrat, said outside the hotel. “Massachusetts has always led the way, but Barney has been out front on civil rights issues for a while.”

Frank, a 72-year-old Newton Democrat, has served in Congress since 1981 and was the first openly gay member of Congress. Before elected to Congress, he served eight years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

He is the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage.

Ready, 42, lives in Ogunquit, Maine. He works as a photographer and runs a small business that does custom awnings, carpentry, painting, welding, and other services, according to a statement from Gural.

The pair met in November 2005 at a political fund-raiser in Ogunquit in support of gay rights and legislation promoting non-discrimination in the workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens, Gural said.

In October 2010, Ready made headlines when he confronted Sean Bielat, a Norfolk Republican who was running against Frank for Congress.

After a debate between the candidates, Ready approached Bielat, who was speaking to report­ers, and began taking pictures of Bielat. When Bielat acknowledged Ready’s actions, Ready responded, “It’s a free country, isn’t it?” and “Get used to it, dude. If you want to be a congressman, this is nothing.”

Some guests said that they believe the wedding represents a benchmark for the country.

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