In case you care: Barney Frank is engaged

posted at 4:15 pm on January 26, 2012 by Tina Korbe

What — did you think that because he is retiring from Congress you wouldn’t have to hear about him ever again? Very sorry to bring him up, but here’s a shameless bit of salacious gossip for y’all:

Engaged: Barney Frank, 71, and longtime partner Jim Ready, 42, the congressman’s office confirmed for us Thursday, following a report by New England Cable News. Where? In Massachusetts, where gay nuptials were made legal in 2004. When? Sorry, that’s all the details they’d give. Frank is set to leave Congress next winter after 32 years, and he’s said the rigors of the job and the desire to devote more time to his relationship were factors. “I have a partner now,” Frank told Charlie Rose in an interview a couple weeks ago. “I’m in love for the first time in my life.”

There’s so much in that paragraph that I don’t like (nor do I want to contemplate the report that Frank’s partner is practically a Todd Palin lookalike), but if this Ready guy is one of the reasons he’s retiring, well then … I offer a weird and conflicted “yay!” to this news. (We all know redistricting is the real reason for Frank’s retirement — and, honestly, the definition of marriage is too important a cultural issue to make light of, but sometimes I laugh so as not to cry.)

Anyway. Let’s move quickly to a more relevant related question: What was Mitt Romney’s role in the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts in 2004? You might already know the answer, but I was fuzzy on the details, so I just spent a bit of time researching and am satisfied Romney’s not to blame for Barney Frank’s impending wedding.

As with so much of his political record, Romney’s part in the Massachusetts marriage drama was constrained by certain inalterable parameters. In other words, the excuse for his participation in gay marriage legalization is the same as his excuse for many of the sketchier parts of his past: He was the governor of the blue-as-blue-can-be Bay State, remember?

As a quick refresher: In 2004, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ultimately determined that a ban on same-sex marriage was contrary to the constitution of the state — and gave the legislature 180 days to change the state’s marriage laws accordingly. The legislature hadn’t taken action by May 17, the fixed deadline, but, that day, then-Gov. Mitt Romney nevertheless ordered town clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples so as to comply with the SJC’s decision. Later, though, he fought to ensure that the Massachusetts legislature at least granted a vote to a voters’ initiative to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriages. It was Gov. Deval Patrick who signed the repeal of a 1913 law that made it illegal for Massachusetts to grant a marriage license to non-resident couples if the marriage would be invalid in their home state. Deval’s signature opened the floodgates for non-resident same-sex couples to receive marriage licenses from Massachusetts. So, Mitt had nothing to do with that.

On this, Mitt Romney’s record is conflicted only because he demonstrated commitment to abiding by the state constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Judicial Court.


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I hope a bra is on the wedding registry.

lorien1973 on January 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

To a Gerbil?

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Nice job bringing Romney into it.

I wonder what happened to his partner who was running a brothel from his apartment, or is this the same person?
Also what happened to the fellow who was CEO of freddie or fannie and walked away with 900 million dollars and was his partner?

Bambi on January 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

So does his husband take the title “Banking King”?

Mark1971 on January 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

So where is Bwarney Registered? Rite-Aid or CVS?

Iblis on January 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Only time I want to hear anything else about Barney Frank is when he becomes worm food. BTW, is Barney the “husband” or the “wife”. If the “wife”, will he wear white?

GarandFan on January 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Somebody should film the “consummation” and project it on the wall whenever the subject of warped marriage comes up. Make them try and “normalize’ that scene……

HotAirian on January 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Congratulations.
But, I’m kind of glad he’s leaving the house.
It is impossible to defend him.

BedBug on January 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

(Not from the caption contest) “I’ve got a gift.”

/

Christien on January 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Can we get more unwanted Dim Reps and Senators to retire for the same reason, regardless of which gender they’re marrying?

stukinIL4now on January 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

He’s obviously pressing his partner for a firm commitment.

HopeHeFails on January 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Any comment from Marcus?

KeninCT on January 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

So who wears the @$$less chaps in that relationship ?

burrata on January 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I think Tina is intentionally trying to get me upset by posting this

apocalypse on January 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I don’t care if you’re gay or not, why would anyone marry that man? Ewww!

mrscullen on January 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

No I don’t

KBird on January 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

(nor do I want to contemplate the report that Frank’s partner is practically a Todd Palin lookalike)

Get your vision checked Tina. The sooner the better.

portlandon on January 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Is Barney going to have a bridal shower?

onlineanalyst on January 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Engaged in what?

jake-the-goose on January 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

So where is Bwarney Registered? Rite-Aid or CVS?

Iblis on January 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Boys R Us

burrata on January 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

IOW, the Frank-Ready wedding.

Christien on January 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

It’s so nice that after spending years spent screwing everyone in America, he’s willing to commit to screwing just one person.

malclave on January 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Down twinkles! Down twinkles!

Flange on January 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Hear that crumbling sound? It’s just civilization, that’s all.

djl130 on January 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Attire Optional.

fogw on January 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I wonder what happened to his partner who was running a brothel from his apartment, or is this the same person?
Also what happened to the fellow who was CEO of freddie or fannie and walked away with 900 million dollars and was his partner?

Bambi on January 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

No this one was arrested for growing pot in the backyard that Barney didn’t know anything about.

RickB on January 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

So does his husband take the title “Banking King”?

Mark1971 on January 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Ban King King? Wasn’t he the Secretary General of the UN?

Trafalgar on January 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

everyone with a goatee is a Todd Palin look alike apparently

gatorboy on January 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Another episode for “All-American Muslim” TV. The family can discuss this with their children over dinner one night.

Kaffa on January 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

to a voters’ initiative to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriages

That vote succeeded by the way – the people of Massachusetts voted against gay marriage, and met all the requirements to put that in their state constitution.

It was simply ignored. Hooray for progressivism!

Rebar on January 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Engaged: Barney Frank, 71, and longtime partner Jim Ready, 42

Having glimpsed teh terrible terrible nipples, I can’t imagine that Jim is Ready.
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

It’s like soccer. I know other people do it, but it’s of no interest to me and I don’t want to watch.

trubble on January 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Aww… He’s come such a long way since he threw the famous fit seen round the world…

Washington Fancy on January 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

They’ve already got the “something old” and “something blue” down pat.

MsUnderestimated on January 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

BTW, is Barney the “husband” or the “wife”. If the “wife”, will he wear white?

GarandFan on January 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Judging by the breasts he had on display on the floor of the House, I’m betting he’s the wife.

KGB on January 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Perhaps that Nancy Pelosi person is getting Barney Frank mixed up with Newt Gingrinch.

My collie says:

Not buying it CC. It might prevent Frank from becoming President, but it is no secret.

It was worth a try. *sigh* I just can’t seem to get that hang of it. What if I never learn to lie as well as the progressives?

CyberCipher on January 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Not that I really want this information but am wondering what “long time” is considering the age difference. I mean, 20 years would put Barney at 51 and his boy Ready at 20 when it started.(I shudder to think anything longer)

Ann on January 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

the Frank-Ready wedding.

OH, COME ON!…tough room.

Christien on January 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM

More proof Romney doesn’t have the stones to fight the courts.

karenhasfreedom on January 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Fabulous.

CycloneCDB on January 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM

So what should I send them for a wedding gift ?
A box of fudge or a bushel of corn ?

burrata on January 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Tina,

I’m glad you researched this before accusing Mitt of doing this on his own. I live in Ma. and am not happy about same sex marriage.

However the states supreme court(which I think is more liberal) than california has forced this upon us. And yes there was an uproar when Mitt unearthed the old 1913 law that allowed us to stop out of state residents from coming in and getting married.

But as is mass. fighting the liberals in a state that is 80 percent liberal is tough.

gerry=mittbot

gerrym51 on January 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Who will give Barney away?

Will Perez Hilton be best…uh…whatever they call them?

Will Barney dare to wear a white gown?

Will the Village People play “The Wedding March?”

Will people throw rice or tube of KY?

So many questions, so little time.

“I llooovvvve weddings!.” Cheers-Woody’s Wedding

Horace on January 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

On this, Mitt Romney’s record is conflicted only because he demonstrated commitment to abiding by the state constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Judicial Court.

So did he ever take steps to fight the legislature and allow the citizens to vote on this contentious issue? Why no Arnold he didn’t because that would require a spine.

arnold ziffel on January 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I don’t care. I post only in the hope that I won’t have to see anymore articles pertaining to the subject in the future. Please never post an article about this again.

Thank you.

Pattosensei on January 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The world wants to know, “will the bride wear white?”

eaglephin on January 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

It’s like soccer. I know other people do it, but it’s of no interest to me and I don’t want to watch.

trubble on January 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Wait…so…soccer is gay?

My collie says:

I knew it! Told ya’, CC.

CyberCipher on January 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

We didn’t ask… and he shouldn’t tell.

Marcola on January 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

This guy should pewfowm the cewemony.

Christien on January 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

And Ready will enjoy lifetime federal bennies too I reckon. I have a gay cousin that is my age. After his longtime squeeze dumped him for a 19 year old he is now the “young” stud of a octonegerean college perfesser. He is really hoping for his state bennies to be made part of the package. Apparently waiting tables and writing cook books didn’t set him up too well.

DanMan on January 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Hmmm,

Something Borrowed and Something Blue….

ToddPA on January 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

So did he ever take steps to fight the legislature and allow the citizens to vote on this contentious issue? Why no Arnold he didn’t because that would require a spine.

the voters did turn it down. the state supreme court declared it unconstitutional

gerrym51 on January 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I think you mean “engorged.”

GagdadBob on January 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Gross.

Key West Reader on January 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

This little announcement will be just another sign post for future historians as they try to piece together the fall of this once great empire.

Rational Thought on January 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

So if I say “Ew, gross” or “It’s not a REAL engagement”, ABC’s “What Would You Do” can call me a hater. If you believe in traditional marriage, then you’re a hater!

Paul-Cincy on January 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Where is he registered?

Mr. Grump on January 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I think Tina is intentionally trying to get me upset by posting this

apocalypse on January 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I think she’s trying to get my stomach upset.

And it worked. I think I’m going to puke.

UltimateBob on January 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

While we’re on this (most distasteful) subject, can anyone tell me how you’re supposed to know which one is the “husband” and which one is the “wife”? And don’t tell me it’s the wardrobe. Beyond the day in question, they don’t always dress for the part.

At least not in public. Exit question: Will Barney wear white?

manwithblackhat on January 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

So when they go to bed at night do they lay their heads
down on pillows shaped like azzholes??

ToddPA on January 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

the voters did turn it down. the state supreme court declared it unconstitutional

gerrym51 on January 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Are you sure? Not really doubting you but MA does not have a voter sponsored initiative process. The legislature has to approve it. Did the courts later say the people could not vote on it or something like that?

arnold ziffel on January 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Engaged? All I want to know about that asshole is he is indicted.

HBowmanMD on January 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Well, this ought to add a week or two to my New Year’s resolution of eating less.

Left Coast Right Mind on January 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Who is the bride and who is the groom?

Wigglesworth on January 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

This is too easy!

Tater Salad on January 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Why is Tina trying to rehabilitate Romney?

apocalypse on January 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Only time I want to hear anything else about Barney Frank is when he becomes worm food. BTW, is Barney the “husband” or the “wife”. If the “wife”, will he wear white?

GarandFan on January 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

What’s the point? He’s not exactly a virgin. He was having paid sex with American people for years.

Archivarix on January 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Barney Frank, 71, and longtime partner Jim Ready, 42

They’ve apparently been together since the spring of 2007. Less than five years is long-time?

SD on January 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Is Matt Drudge invited to the wedding?

Punchenko on January 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Well, this ought to add a week or two to my New Year’s resolution of eating less.

Left Coast Right Mind on January 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

what a great crowd on this one…best comments we’ve seen since Gingrich passed Romney in the polls last week! oops, sorry…

DanMan on January 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Not really. I’m more interested that Her Thighness might want to leave her post as Secretary of State. It’s on – bring on the primary challenge!

Philly on January 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Barney Frank is a lucky man. If the public ever realizes Barney blocked Fannie Mae reforms he’d be forced out of the country for his own safety.

darwin on January 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

So when they go to bed at night do they lay their heads
down on pillows shaped like azzholes??

ToddPA on January 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Jes

burrata on January 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

So when they go to bed at night do they lay their heads
down on pillows shaped like azzholes??

ToddPA on January 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Now that’s just not right—-lmao.

arnold ziffel on January 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Frank’s A Ghoul.

MadisonConservative on January 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Get me to the vomitorium on time.

Christien on January 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

The only dude Frank should be tying the knot with is his cell-mate.

stefanite on January 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I hope Mr. Frank doesn’t walk down the aisle dressed like this. Toddlers would cry…
;)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

ugh *throws up* who would marry barney frank?? and why the huge age gap? this is just way too weird.

Sachiko on January 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Best man: Freddie
Maid of honor: Fannie

Mark1971 on January 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Somebody should film the “consummation” and project it on the wall whenever the subject of warped marriage comes up. Make them try and “normalize’ that scene……

HotAirian on January 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Playing fair just isn’t in your universe, is it?

/

platypus on January 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Jes

burrata on January 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Speaking of that turd, when are they going to make busts of him like they did of JFK and MLK back in the sixties when I was a kid?

arnold ziffel on January 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Well, now isn’t that sweet.

rplat on January 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I think Tina is intentionally trying to get me upset by posting this

apocalypse on January 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I think she’s trying to get my stomach upset.

And it worked. I think I’m going to puke.

UltimateBob on January 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Here ya go man… I hope you get back to your old self again soon

apocalypse on January 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I don’t care. Next question.

Bishop on January 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Thank God they won’t be able to reproduce!

rich8450 on January 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Where is he registered?

Mr. Grump on January 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Snap-On Tools.

herm2416 on January 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Gives “Let no man put asunder” a new twist.

Christien on January 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Where is he registered?

Mr. Grump on January 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Should be Precinct 31, Boston PD.

arnold ziffel on January 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Will Mitt attend?

tinkerthinker on January 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

So where is Bwarney Registered? Rite-Aid or CVS?

Iblis on January 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Boys R Us

burrata on January 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

lmfao!

Tim_CA on January 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Congratulations Tina, because I make a point NOT to click on your entries!
RushBaby on December 30, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Why would anyone say that? A touch of class may be asking too much.

Tennman on December 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Well, Tennman, and anybody else who may have been curious when I posted my “untouched by class” remark almost a month ago, it’s because I finally click into one of her posts and read dreck such as:

(nor do I want to contemplate the report that Frank’s partner is practically a Todd Palin lookalike)
posted at 4:15 pm on January 26, 2012 by Tina Korbe

What report? There is no link to such a report, and even if there was such a report, what is the reason for including such an inflammatory opinion in this post? It’s grotesque. I’ll just go back to not clicking on her entries.

RushBaby on January 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Kind of robbing the cradle, don’t you think?

lea on January 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Mazel tov, Barney.

And he doesn’t look any worse than your average 71-year-old straight guy trying to marry a younger squeeze.

urban elitist on January 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Is Oromney the best man or is he performing the service? I bet Anne Coulter is one of the bridesmaids along with Mayor Bloomberg.

they lie on January 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

(nor do I want to contemplate the report that Frank’s partner is practically a Todd Palin lookalike)

Get your vision checked Tina. The sooner the better.

portlandon on January 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Tina was just reporting what the WaPo article stated…

OmahaConservative on January 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Tina I thought I would help you SPICE UP your Barney Frank post a little BIT.. if you add an update later..here it is

apocalypse on January 26, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Congratulation !! When will we see the little Frank?(Please do not lower you pants)

galtani on January 26, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Time to buy stock in K-Y jelly. Maybe I will be able to retire.

cyclown on January 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Awww, Baawny wetiwes.

So he goes from Sodom (Congress), and into Gomorah (his bedroom)…or vice versa

askwhatif on January 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM

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