“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’s the wedding? 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.” The couple met at a political fundraiser in Ready’s home state of Maine. The Advocate described him in 2009 as a Todd Palin lookalike”
“and surfing enthusiast. Their mostly low-profile relationship has made the news a handful of times, when Ready exchanged words with his beau’s opponents at public forums, and when he was charged with having marijuana plants at his home in 2007.
Update, 2:30 p.m.: Some more details on Ready from Frank’s office. He lives in Ogunquit, Maine, where he has a business doing carpentry, custom awnings, painting, welding and other handyman work. They’ve been involved since the spring of 2007.”
“US Representative Barney Frank confirmed last night that he was present when his domestic partner was arrested on marijuana charges two years ago in Maine. Frank, a Democrat who supports legalizing marijuana for medical use, said in a statement that he did not know that his partner, whom he had recently met, had marijuana plants and said he has never smoked marijuana. Police arrived at the home of James Ready in Ogunquit in August 2007 after finding marijuana plants in his backyard. Frank was on the front porch and said that he never saw them and that he would not have recognized them anyway. Ready later pleaded guilty to civil possession of marijuana.”
Hey, how about an Alice B. Toklas wedding cake guys? Right Gertrude?
Meanwhile in other Marriage Equality news The Creature That Ate New Jersey
has expressed his, uh. . .annoyance.
“In the wake of the gov’s announcement that he plans to veto any gay marriage legislation and instead seeks to put the question to the voters as a ballot referendum, Democrats are in an uproar.”
“Yes, they hate the proposal. But they’re really angry over the words he used to sell it.
Dems are against the referendum concept because they say civil rights matters cannot be left to the masses — only legislators should right societal wrongs and enact marriage equality. Yet what has them furious — or “apoplectic,” as PolitickerNJ called it, and “stunned,” as the Star-Ledger said — are the words Christie used Tuesday in the news conference when he made his announcement.
As we reported, Christie said: “The fact of the matter is, I think people would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South.”
“This is the rest of the quote: “It was our political institutions that were holding things back. I don’t think there’s anything necessarily so special about this particular issue that it must be handled by a Legislature. Why would that be?…I dont understand how anybody could argue with letting the people decide this issue.”
Democrats, particularly Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex), who is African American, have repeatedly called gay marriage a civil rights issue. That’s why they made it their top legislative priority this year. And that was the context in which Christie made his remarks.
Oliver responded yesterday to Christie’s comments saying that he “better sit down with some of New Jersey’s great teachers for a history lesson, because his puzzling comment shows a complete misunderstanding about the civil rights movement.”
One of a great many things he “misunderstands.”
“It’s impossible to ever conceive that a referendum on civil rights in the South would have been successful and brought justice to minorities…They were fighting and dying in the streets of the South because the majority refused to grant minorities equal rights by any method. It look legislative action to bring justice to all Americans, just as legislative action is the right way to bring marriage equality to all New Jerseyans.”
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, also African American and a Democrat “
And ONE FABULOUS BABE!
“who rarely speaks out against the governor, said: “I shudder to think what would have happened if the civil rights gains, heroically established by courageous lawmakers in the 1960s, were instead conveniently left up to a popular votes in our 50 states.”
“Added Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman: “His words defy history and were extremely insensitive to the struggle for equality of African-Americans and other minorities in this country. Fighting and dying in the streets of the South was not a choice, Governor, it was the only way.”
Even Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who originally had far softer words for the governor’s position, claimed that the governor’s call for a constitutional amendment to be voted on by the electorate was nothing more than “the official opening of his campaign for vice-president.”
Newt or Mitt?
“In response to a question yesterday to clarify his remarks, Christie said his point was that the Democrats are wrong if they say the only way to deal with a civil rights issue is through legislation. Civil rights activists could have always appealed to the courts to seek change – and therefore, passing new laws is not the only way.
“They’re trying to say the only way to deal with a civil rights issue is through legislation, and my point is that in a state like this, the fact of the matter is their own polling belies that position,” Christie said.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 52 percent of New Jersey voters support same-sex marriage. That’s why same-sex marriage advocates shouldn’t be “afraid” to put the matter on the November ballot, Christie said.
“Let’s stop hiding behind this ‘we don’t put civil rights on the ballot’ thing. Ya know, please. These folks would put anything on the ballot if they thought they could win,” he said
How about Morbidly Obese Republicans?
Shouldn’t there be a law?
Cue Randy Newman