FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., right, thanks his partner Jim Ready at a party in Newton, Mass., after Frank won re-election in the 4th Congressional District. A spokesman for Frank confirmed Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, that Frank a gay pioneer in Congress, plans to marry Ready, his longtime partner from Maine. Frank is retiring from Congress at the end of the 2012 term. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)
January 26, 2012 11:30:51 AM PST
by ANDREW MIGA Associated Press
WASHINGTON - January 26, 2011 --
Retiring Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank, a gay pioneer in Congress, plans to marry his longtime partner Jim Ready of Maine.