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Barney Frank To Marry Partner Jim Ready

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Rep. Barney Frank announces he will not seek re-election at Newton City Hall November 28, 2011. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Rep. Barney Frank announces he will not seek re-election at Newton City Hall November 28, 2011. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

BOSTON (CBS) – Rep. Barney Frank is getting married, his office confirmed Thursday.

Frank plans to marry his partner Jim Ready in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage in the U.S.

A date and location have not been set yet.

Frank, 71,  announced his retirement from Congress in November after serving 16 terms.

Ready is 42 and lives in Ogunquit, Maine.

They have been together since the spring of 2007.

Frank’s spokesman Harry Gural said Ready has a small business doing custom awnings, carpentry, painting, welding and other general handyman services.

jimready Barney Frank To Marry Partner Jim Ready

Jim Ready, seen here photographing a Sean Bielat event in 2010. (Courtesy: Boston Herald)

He’s also a photographer.

That hobby got Ready into some trouble during Frank’s last campaign against Republican challenger Sean Bielat in 2010.

Ready brought his camera to a debate and afterwards taunted Bielat as he took pictures of him.

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