1. GETTING HITCHED

    Rep. Barney Frank to Marry Partner

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    Barney Frank made waves in 1987 when he came out, becoming the first openly gay member of Congress. Now, nearing retirement after 16 terms, the Massachusetts representative will reportedly wed his longtime partner, Jim Ready, in his home state—which permits gay marriage. Frank announced last November that he would not seek reelection at the end of this congressional term. He and Ready have known each other since 2005 and have been in a relationship since 2007. Several states are considering legalizing same-sex marriage this legislative season, including New Jersey, Washington, and Maryland.

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