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‘Confirmed Bachelor’ Barney Frank, 72, Was Just Waiting For Right 30-Years-Younger Boy Toy

Barney Frank and husband, destroying your marriageHere is a lovely thing about gay dudes: they really want their lovers to be happy. And that is why Jim Ready was pretty much pushed into retiring Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank’s lecherous old arms by his own dying partner. And now Ready and Frank are married, and Barney Frank is nice. Man, those gays can make over anything.

In October 2005, Mr. [Jim] Ready — a carpenter and welder who specializes in awnings and runs a small shop, Jim of Most Trades, in Ogunquit, Me. — had been dragged to a local fund-raiser by his longtime partner, Robert Palmer, who knew Mr. Frank from his days as an adviser to former Gov. Michael S. Dukakis.

At the time, Mr. Ready was acting as a full-time caretaker: Mr. Palmer had been struggling with serious illness, and both men knew that he was dying.

The meeting that night was not entirely coincidental. Mr. Palmer “wanted someone to be there for me,” Mr. Ready said. “He was looking for somebody to look out for me when he was gone.” After meeting Mr. Frank, he recalled his partner saying: “He could take care of you.”

Oh, is there something in your eye?

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill said they began to see changes in their usually cantankerous colleague. “I should’ve known you were here,” said one leading House Republican after bumping into Mr. Ready in a hallway. “Barney was nice to me today.”

Haha, Barney Frank has been ruined by his love for his sweet, caring, nurturing, and also nagging young husband. Let us remember together happier times.

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  • Schmannnity

    The Ready-Frank union. There must be a dick joke in there somewhere.

    • Biff

      Because frankfurters, right?

      • UW8316154

        I'm just a sweet travestite…

        • Callyson

          Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh – erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to treasure forever.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      Hot dog!

      • not that Radio
        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          MISSED! You MISSED ME AGAIN! HAHAHAHA.

          Almost got me, though. Almost. I was all relaxed and unawares, and clicked the linky.

          You rotter!

          • not that Radio

            Don't worry. I'll get you when you least expect it.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            HA! Pdog cured me, at least temporarily, of my urge to clicky linkies. I place my thumb on my nose and wiggle my fingers at you.

          • not that Radio

            I fart in your general direction.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            (Waves hands around frantically
            Opens mouth to speak
            Dies)

  • Buzz Feedback

    Was Dick Armey there to catch the bouquet?

    • Biff

      I'd think Miss Lindsey, first.

      • Fare la Volpe

        Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Isn't that right, Joey Lieberman?

      • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

        She only came for the cocktails and ham biscuits.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      All of 'em, yeah.

    • BarackMyWorld

      "Hey, Armey, what's your wife's name, Vagina Coastguard?"

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        Affectionately known as "Twat" for short.

      • Buzz Feedback

        Thank you.

    • rickmaci

      David Dreier ? (Sorry, inside baseball.)

      • mayor_quimby

        That's a good pull there, what I'd expect from a guy with the uncle Sam avatar.

    • Negropolis

      You know, a "dick army" is just another way to describe the Republican Party.

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        Truer word was never spoke.

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    All of a sudden I have an urge to marry my cat and he's a male.
    Rush was right!!!!!111!

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      Reminds me of that joke about the lonely cat lady who went to a witch looking for love. The witch gave her a potion and said "Give this to anyone you really fancy, and they'll turn into the handsome prince of your dreams." So she gave it to her big ginger tom.

      Whereupon, kazam! Wham, bam! There before her surprised eyes stood a tall handsome GINGER with piercing green eyes and a body to die for. Leaning forward, he took her in his arms, folding her close to his powerful chest, and brushing her ear with his lips, he whispered, "NOW aren't you sorry you had me neutered?"

      • Dashboard Buddha

        The classics never go out of style.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          So glad you enjoyed it.

    • HistoriCat

      Sounds more like Rick Santorum was right …

  • http://thesecondcomingofjeri.blogspot.com Jeri 2.0

    Congratulations Barney!

    Sorry, the last post got me on the verge of renouncing my atheism, so I feel moral and joyous and hopeful for the first time in my life.

  • coolhandnuke

    Wake me up when Lindsay and Marcus elope in Provincetown.

    • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

      I have no love for Lindsay, but even I think he has better taste than that.

    • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

      Those two queens would get the crap beaten out of them by bears in assless chaps if they came to ptown.

      • radio-of-owls

        Only if the bull dykes didn't throw them off the Pilgrim Dildo first.

    • TribecaMike

      Sometimes a sand dune is just a sand dune.

  • Fare la Volpe

    I want to snuggle with this story ♥

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    Barney in his teddy pictures or GTFO.

    Seriously, congrats Barney & Jim. Are you guys going to go north of Ogunquit and moon the Bushie compound in Kenny'sbunkport?

  • http://www.gurukalehuru.wordpress.com gurukalehuru

    Jim Ready for Barney's Frank.

    • Limeylizzie

      There we are.

      • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

        Yup, that's the one.

    • mayor_quimby

      Eureka! You found it!

  • Antispandex

    Damn. I can't think of one single joke that won't make me sound insensitive or homophobic. Is this what it feels like to be a Republican?

    • Doktor Zoom

      No, because they brazenly say that stuff and then get self-righteous when called on it. Any criticism of homophobes is an assault on freedom of speech.

    • Limeylizzie

      Dunno, do you want to probe me trans-vaginally?

      • Schmannnity

        Worst pick up line.

      • Antispandex

        Um….is this a trick question?

      • BoatOfVelociraptors

        Are we talking Voyager or V'ger probing, because I have a thing for bald chicks.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Persis Khambatta!

    • 12X34X

      Republicans give entire primary elections to homophobics and insensitive is a requirement for all of them.

    • Negropolis

      No. You'd have to say it with a smug sense of self-satisfaction for you to feel like a Republican. That you recognize it right off the bat as even possibly insensitive disqualifies you. Sorry…err…congratulations. lol

  • TribecaMike

    Way to dash Marcus Bachmann's hopes and dreams, Barney.

  • Doktor Zoom

    I got a bit misty-eyed reading that story this morning. Yay for old queers!

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      Thank you.

  • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

    (Dabs eyes) I hate it when a nice vicious streak of snark is all ruined by lovey-dovey romantic shit.

    Congrats, Barney, and a very happy married life to you and Jim. (SOB!)

  • SexySmurf

    The gayest thing about this story is that he named his shop "Jim of Most Trades."

    • emmelemm

      Agreed.

    • Veritas78

      Might he include some rough ones, perhaps?

      Mitch and Lindsay asked me to inquire. We were knockin' back a few at the A House before Tea Dance, and they were just wondering.

  • Woodshedding

    This is funny because?

    • Fare la Volpe

      Because shut up.

    • Chichikovovich

      While you were distracted reading it someone was stealing your car?

    • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

      Because HA HA TWO MEN GETTING MARRIED??? I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!!!

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        Oh, hon, how MANY times do I have to tell you, it's "TAKE ARE CUNTRY BAK!"

        We'll never make a teabagger of you if you don't unlarn that gramma/spelling shit right soon.

        • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

          Hangs head

          I'll need a steel-wool shower to rinse off the stench of failure.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            (Hugs imissopus) Aww, you remembered my steel-wool!

        • NellCote71

          You forgot to add: "You morans."

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            (Hangs head; dies of shame; crawls offstage)

    • Negropolis

      It wasn't originally funny, but you wondering why it isn't is what made it funny. Thanks for making me laugh out loud.

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        That is, like, totally … METAcruel, dood.

  • Stubenville

    Dear Wonkette – thanks for being so sneeringly sarcastic about gay people, since they're always treated with kid gloves everywhere else. Have you run out of televangelists, Tea Partiers and Republicans to mock?

    • commiegirl99

      What the fuck are you talking about? This is possibly the nicest post I have ever written that didn't involve Old Handsome Joe Biden.

      • TribecaMike

        Love means never having to say you're blurry.

    • Fare la Volpe

      Sounds like a bug crawled up somebody's butt.

      He'll have a lot of company up there with the gerbils.

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        And The Wild Hare!

    • Doktor Zoom

      All the best love stories involve sneering sarcasm.

      • not that Radio

        Take Woody Allen, for instance.

    • UW8316154

      Hey now Stubby, this is a love story, not sneering sarcasm. Maybe you need to go somewhere else where you can keep up with the content.

      Not everything is funny to us ~ wonkett.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      Oh, look, it's the BabyQueers, whining for all they're worth.

      Not to piss on your parade here or anything, darls, but you need to learn to read for *context.* Something you could develop if you'd get your face out of boyfriend's boxed-dick for a minute or two per day.

      • Butch_Wagstaff

        Maybe they think every post is as sincere as posts on the Weird Nut Daily?
        I don't think they quite understand how things are done 'round these here parts.
        And I'm usually too tired/lazy/or have a I-don't-give-a-fuck attitude to point it out to them.
        Ugh…I'm feeling I'm fallin' in maw of negativity. So, I need to think about…buttsechs!

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Buttsechs can be counted on to get one's mind off anything else pronto.

          Also too boobies. Or moobies.

    • not that Radio

      We will never run out of televangelists, Tea Partiers and Republicans to mock. Non sequitur. Does not follow.

    • Negropolis

      How's the air up there? Does everything fly so high above your head?

  • Fare la Volpe

    Hurray! We have a new troll! And of a spicy Brazilian flavor!

    • TribecaMike

      I hope he brought enough pamonha for everyone. I could go for a Brazilian tamale right now. Shoot, I could go for any kind of tamale right now. Damn, where's that cabana boy gone off to now?

    • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ Chow Yun Flat

      Is he a supermodel or a soccer (futboll) player?

      • Fare la Volpe

        Ladyboy porn star.

        • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ Chow Yun Flat

          Hot!

    • http://Wonkette.com DemmeFatale

      I was wondering if that was Portuguese.

      Must suck to speak a language that most don't understand.
      (Love the colors in their flag, though.)

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      Now, now, children. Watch the claws. They make *such* a mess when they bleed!

      It's on my case already about my p-ness. Fucking size queen.

  • TribecaMike

    And proud of it, irmã!

  • chascates

    In a better America this wouldn't be news at all. But in a better America Barney Frank would have been a high ranking House member.

    • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

      In a better America, Barney Frank would have been president. But he was cursed with not only the gay, but also being genuinely funny. We already had one quick-witted, non-racist from Taxachusetts in the White House. Can't have two.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      I could totally have enjoyed a Barney Frank presidency. Can you imagine the tongue-lashing the fucking Israelis would get when they pulled any shite on him?

    • Negropolis

      He wasn't?

      BTW, I have to say that maybe in a better America this would have been slightly different news (if they can heap upon us celebrity marriages, they can giving passing mentions of congresspersons getting married), because from how I've seen it covered, it's really not that big a deal in the media.

  • BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Is this "no sense of humor day" and nobody told me?

    • commiegirl99

      Not sure. Are you refering to the posts, or the commenters, who all seem to be on the fucking rag?

      • BigSkullF*ckingDog

        Commenters, and I'm glad you said it so maybe they won't all yell at me.

        • commiegirl99

          Believe it or not, I actually like to give people the benefit of the doubt when they are being AWFUL. Because I am a big fucking lib. So I am going to assume they are all in the horrible heatwave and they are miserable and they can't help it.

          I STILL LOVE YOU, COMMENTERS, EVEN THOUGH YOU SUCK TODAY.

          Love,
          Becca

          • Monsieur_Grumpe

            Can I be spanked now?

          • Limeylizzie

            Did someone mention spanking?

          • BigSkullF*ckingDog

            I want to watch!

          • Monsieur_Grumpe

            Yes and not the verbal kind.

          • HistoriCat

            not the verbal kind

            No tongue lashings then? :(

          • coolhandnuke

            Yes, we need more Lee Camp(s) to ignite our mortal coils.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Hey, mang, what's this "suck today" shit? We don't gotta be on 24/7 either, pretty lady, and don'tchu forget it, mang.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Hey, I'm having a great time, I don't know what anybody's all bent about.

          Except the troll. I'm fucking with the troll.

      • finallyhappy

        that must the problem with the police officer sans badge who just pulled me over, screamed and screamed at me(if I had killed someone or robbed a store- I'd expect screaming) and made me go back across the street where he claimed I backed into a car- except there was no mark on the car(and the other officer said"I didn't see anything- guess he knew his friend was doing "something").

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Hey, whoa! That's pretty shitty! (Hugs finallyhappy) Good thing it's Sunday, darls, pour yourself a nice tall glass of something cool with something, you know, HEALTHY in it. Like a big dollop of brandy.

          Geez, I guess the heat is getting to people.

    • sati_demise

      It seems to be 'no sense of humor week end' I am blaming the heat wave.

      • commiegirl99

        Yeah, I saw you getting bitched out before in the other thread. THE COMMENTERS ARE TURNING ON EACH OTHER! Everyone hide!

        • emmelemm

          What happened to our new, kinder, gentler Mommyblog Wonkette?

          • Butch_Wagstaff

            Maybe it wasn't gettin' enough eyeballs.

          • HistoriCat

            I blame it on a dearth of buttsechs.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          I miss out on ALL the good stuff. Damn.

  • Hedley_Lamarr

    Ready and Frank
    Honeymoon in Niagara,
    Thank God BigPharm
    Will give them Viagra.

    Burma Shave.

    • Dashboard Buddha

      Awesomeness

  • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ Chow Yun Flat

    Mr. Ready looks pretty good in nicely cut morning suit.

    • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

      Mr Ready looks good in nicely cut morning suit wood.

      fify.

  • BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Finding a forty year old partner when I'm seventy is a big part of my retirement plan.

    • Limeylizzie

      I went the other way, I found one who is 20 years older so that I can be a rich, horny widow.

      • Geminisunmars

        Oh, shit, I forgot that rich part.

        • Limeylizzie

          It's key, or at least has really good life insurance!

          • Geminisunmars

            I never was that good at thinking things through.

          • Veritas78

            Be sure to steal his or her password and check who the direct beneficiary is on that policy. Then change it to: You.

            You can sleep easier, and be a happier, more-loving spouse.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Yeah, I know. Sucks, don't it?

    • va_real

      My retirement plan is to hang out here & comment until y'all raise enough cash to pay me to go away…

      • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

        Sorry for you, but a Brazilian just cut in line.

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        Something tells me we'll be having the pleasure of your company for a LONG time.

        • va_real

          Actually my REAL retirement plan is to find a winning lottery ticket lying around somewhere.

          Or maybe I should go with the Wal-Mart strategy & take out life insurance policies on people I don't even know.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Hey! My company took out insurance policies on us workers! And we're all old farts in iffy helf, too.

          • va_real

            It still amazes me that they can do that. My advice is to hang around a good while & make 'em wait for their payout!

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Right after that, they laid off 40% of the workforce and sold the company. Not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier.

          • va_real

            So why can't we get excessive pay to make bad decisions?

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Obvs, we're not sucking the right (yeah, I said "right") dicks.

          • va_real

            Well, that's a depressing thought. I guess those of us who weren't born with the silver spoons in our mouths are expected to fill that space in a more productive way…

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Appletruth/133951326629923?sk=wall deanbooth

    "If any person here can show cause why these two people should not be joined in holy matrimony…"

    Nope there aren't any.

  • http://krisbunda.com/blog/index.php Designer_Radio

    I like the "nagging" comment. People nag because they care. I hope my wife never stops nagging.

    • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

      Gawd, that was almost as sweet as the post.

      • commiegirl99

        Sorry, Jukes, you must not have gotten the memo that the post is NOT sweet, but rather is an affront to gays everywhere. Please get with the times!

        • http://krisbunda.com/blog/index.php Designer_Radio

          I think the heat is making us liberals overly sensitive and/or militant this weekend. What can you do?

        • bobbert

          Totally OT, but there you are.

          Will there be an update on the prospective July 13 Meaty Drinkup? Like, where?

          Some of us have to arrange hotels and suchlike.

  • BarackMyWorld

    Alan Greenspan didn't admit his policies were bullshit until after he married Andrea Mitchell, so maybe marriage to someone much younger helps straight be people seem more reasonable too?

  • http://Wonkette.com DemmeFatale

    I could watch the "dining room table" retort all day!

    • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

      It was my mom's favorite. I brought her the video when she was in hospice,

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        Hope she's doing OK, star.

      • http://Wonkette.com DemmeFatale

        I can't think of any better medicine than a crusty ol' Dem owning a winger lunatic.

    • emmelemm

      Absolutely choice. Never gets old!

  • AlterNewt

    There has to be a Mike Bloomberg joke in there, too.

    • Doktor Zoom

      "Who wrote this shit?"

      • radio-of-owls

        It's no fun to protest on an empty stomach.

        • va_real

          So EAT THE RICH!

        • not that Radio

          What does he know about empty stomachs?

          • Veritas78

            More than Chris Christie does?

          • not that Radio

            That's for sure.

  • coolhandnuke

    I so approve of this union. It gives hope for our Union.
    But, I was hoping Barney would wed a Fred.
    Or a Stallone.

  • Limeylizzie

    I am seriously happy about this, I am proud that I live in one of the states where this can happen as well.

  • va_real

    "Jim of Most Trades" sounds like a not-too-picky stockbroker. I was gonna say 'Used car salesman', but that would have to be "Jim of Most Trade-Ins'", nu?

    • http://Wonkette.com DemmeFatale

      Jim must be super-handy around the house.
      I'm jealous!

  • Hera Sent Me

    Barney's earned the right to be happy.

    Congratulations to the both of them.

  • TribecaMike

    I hate Wonkette stories like this. It's tough coming up with more than two or three smarmy comments about someone I admire.

    From one Massachusetts boy to two others — Salute, James and Barney!

  • va_real

    This is all Obama's fault.

  • Geminisunmars

    Mazel Tov Barney and Jim!!!

  • gogogodzilla

    I find this article hard to masturbate to.

  • http://mbouffant.blogspot.com M. Bouffant

    Hey, I'm a "confirmed bachelor!" What's so damn funny about that?

  • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

    I've had a fucked-up week on the "past loves whose memory still haunts" front, so it's blessed relief to read this story today. Mazel Tov, you crazy kids.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      (Hugs)

  • sati_demise

    Have a gay wedding, Barney and James. Have a gay ol' time. We all know the catering and the music will be fabulous. Will they write their own ceremony?

    • BerkeleyBear

      The actual vows are a thing over on TPM, so yep.

  • C_R_Eature

    All I can say is that I wish Barney and Frank all the luck and happiness in the world.

    I saw that Barney Frank had gotten married but had no idea of the backstory.
    Have to go now, keyboard's gotten all blurry for some reason.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      (Hugs the CRE_ature) Yeah, it's real sweet and touching. Ahem!

      Back to your regularly scheduled vicious snark.

      • C_R_Eature

        Yes, by all means back to what it is that we do here

        But first, the lessons from this tale:

        * There are happy endings. Sometimes.

        * No one among us can tell the length of time we have here on earth. If you're so fortunate to have someone in your life that loves you, never forget, not for one minute how fucking lucky you are to have found them in such a crowd.

        That is all.

        • NellCote71

          Word.

          • C_R_Eature

            Thanks

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Yes. To all of it.

          • C_R_Eature

            Good.

  • rocktonsam

    good for the boys!

  • not that Radio

    We should stop looking for Mr. Ready and settle instead for Mr Ready Now.

    • TribecaMike

      With a side order of Mr. Eveready.

      • Fare la Volpe

        For the past few years I've had an on-off fling with a certain Mr. Already?. I haven't figured out why.

  • BerkeleyBear

    Yay for them, seriously. I hope my daughter doesn't marry until she's 40 or so (we're pretty sure my son will only marry when you can legally wed all of your gaming platforms simultaneously) – and if she can catch anyone as awesome as Mr. Frank, all the better.

    • Dashboard Buddha

      "will only marry when you can legally wed all of your gaming platforms simultaneously"

      that made me laugh

      • BerkeleyBear

        Well, you wouldn't want the PSP to feel slighted when you walk the X-Box and the good old laptop down the aisle, would you?

        • Dashboard Buddha

          Lol…X-Box. Electronic marriage porn.

          • TribecaMike

            Do electric sheep dream of … oh, never mind.

    • finallyhappy

      Wait- are you my husband? but then again we are nowhere near Berkeley and he isn't very funny.

      • BerkeleyBear

        Maybe – my wife doesn't think I'm all that funny (funny looking, but not funny), and I live 600 miles or so from Berkeley these days (which is actually the closest I've been on a permanent basis since 1998).

  • ProgressiveInga

    This post makes Caiden Cowger either really happy or really rage-y.

    • TribecaMike

      With a name like that, he or she is probably unhappy all the time. Unless he or she is Welsh, and if so I apologize. Go Celts!

  • va_real

    That was an interesting comment about multiple marriages in the North v South. I couldn't find data on remarriages, but here is something on which states make it easier (or harder)to get divorced: http://bloom.bg/tavj4T

    Of course, we get many retirees in the South so I guess that could raise the rate of remarriage? And mortality rates could be a confounding factor?

    ETA: Found info on remarriages here: http://bit.ly/subhTZ

    • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

      I've always read that red states have a lot more divorces than blue states.According to the Atlantic Wire (Commies, ya know, so take it with a grain of salt), “… of the 20 states with the highest divorce rates, 14 voted for John McCain in 2008. The states where people call it quits the most frequently are Arkansas, Maine, Oklahoma, Alabama, Kentucky, and Alaska.”They quoted a sociologist who said, “… young adults in the South and West tend to have less education and marry earlier, both of which lead to a higher risk of divorce.” Not to mention, don't blame the gays.Three of the four states with the lowest divorce rates allow gay marriage.

      • va_real

        Looks like OK & AR are the leaders with 3rd marriages & that makes sense since they seem to get started at a younger age.

        With people moving around so much, it gets harder to generalize about regional differences.

        And it only makes sense that states that value the right of all its citizens to marry would have populations that value marriage.

        • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

          Excellent point.

  • TribecaMike

    Tomorrow's NY Post cover headline: LESBIANS SCREAM: "WE'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU BARNEY?"

  • commiegirl99

    Hey everybody who keeps asking me when and where the SF Drinky Thing is? It's here: http://wonkette.com/475951/are-we-going-to-san-fr

    • bobbert

      Thank you. I've been in sporadic internet contact for a week or so, and it didn't occur to me to look for an update.

    • blatherous

      This will be a great place to meet smart women fer sure.

  • bibliotequetress

    The only downer about this is that Barney didn't toss the bouquet and yell, "And on top of that, I've decided to run again! " Although, truthfully, I hope Barney gets to spend his retirement getting exhausted by his boy toy. Mazel tov!

    Extra fun irony alert: when this story broke on Twitter last night, the first linked story I read mentioned Barney and Jim got married at a Marriott. So, a Mormon owned business hosted one of the most celebrated gay weddings this year. Maybe this will inspire them to BACK THE FUCK OFF their fight against gay marriage. Maybe pretty please?

    • http://sciencekick.blogspot.com valthemus

      "… Mormon owned business…"

      Money usually trumps misplaced moral outrage. Conservatives can say whatever they want to about Barney Frank, he's not likely to bounce a check.

      • bibliotequetress

        Because he's an honorable ( and liquid) guy, yes. But wouldn't it be great if he DID bounce the check & skip town? "So long, suckers!"

        • Butch_Wagstaff

          "Fuck you and the your angel Moroni, too!"

    • TribecaMike

      And Mitt Romney's Cayman account goes "Ka-Ching!"

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      That's a lovely sentiment, my dear.

      I'm just *so happy* about this, in a *pink-n-purple-ribbons* *twinkletoes* sort of way. You know, where you just want to pirouette around, seizing random strangers on the street and treating them to snatches of song.

      • Fare la Volpe

        treating them to snatches

        Ew.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          *Such* a bad boy!

      • bibliotequetress

        Aww! That's so sweet! I must admit to getting foggy when my maturing gay curmudgeon heroes do something romantic. Romantic with a side if practicality, but romantic nevertheless.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Something about those curmudgeons, eh?

  • Dudleydidwrong

    Best wishes, Barney and Jim. Many happy years together and may you see changes in state laws to permit many more such events.

  • blatherous

    Imagine the scrotum of an old, grey, dry 72 year old man.

    • TribecaMike

      Be my guest.

  • NellCote71

    Jim Ready is hawt. But then, the good ones are either sy or married. And now, both.

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid

    I'm glad somebody loves Barney Frank. He may vote right, but he has been an ungracious jerk every time I've ever seen him on the TV. He makes Barry Bonds look like Santa Claus. (Just holding up my end of the tone for the weekend.)

    • bobbert

      Oh, come on. Barry didn't bulk up that much.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      I love Barney Frank. But then, I'm a nasty old curmudgeon with an acid tongue and a spiny disposition. :)

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid

    I would like to see a television situation comedy in which Barney Frank and Charlie Rangel share an apartment and chew all available scenery, along with the English language, for a half hour of old man hijinks.

    • not that Radio

      The Dodd Couple

      • TribecaMike

        You all are too quick for me. Thank the gawds the wife is in the shower so I can sneak a couple of snifters of scotch and at least pretend to myself to be fast on the uptake.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          I find I need lotsa drogas to stay competitive myself, and I'm doing a terrible job of it notwithstanding.

          • TribecaMike

            I've got the down to seeds and stems again blues :-(

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            And in The City That Never Sleeps, too! How can this be?

          • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid

            Just keep nattering away about God knows what, you guys!

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Uh-huh. 'Cause you wouldn't know NUFFINK about none a' that, nuh-UH. Nope. (pulls beret over eye, whistles innocently)

  • TribecaMike

    For what it's worth, my congressman is Jerry Nadler, the straight Barney Frank.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      How nice is that!

      I wish I could say mine was Fortney (Pete) Stark, a crusty old curmudgeon as ever breathed (but so nice to kitties and puppies), but alas. Perhaps someday I'll luck out and get Alan Grayson, or someone equally firebreathing fierce.

      • TribecaMike

        It's not all sunshine and lollipops in the Big Apple. We've also got Chuck Schumer to contend with. But our state senator and city councilwoman are bitchin' progs. So why do I feel so uneasy? (Hint: it involves real estate developers, bankers. my soulless money manager neighbors and this guy who pretends to be our mayor.)

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Oy, Bloomberg. I can't stand that little twat. Chuck is a schmuck, but not too bad, as schmucks go.

          What is that wonderful line from Saki? "She was a good cook, as cooks go; and as cooks go, she went"? Totally unrelated, don't mind me.

  • Negropolis

    The meeting that night was not entirely coincidental. Mr. Palmer “wanted someone to be there for me,” Mr. Ready said. “He was looking for somebody to look out for me when he was gone.” After meeting Mr. Frank, he recalled his partner saying: “He could take care of you.”

    Damn, that's pretty open-minded. Many terminally ill spouses tell each other that they can remarry, but picking out the future spouse? And, yet, there are still even a few others who joke of haunting their spouse from beyond if they ever get remarried again. lol

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      If you really love someone, and you know your time is running out, you would want to be sure they were taken care of, wouldn't you?

      • Negropolis

        No, it totally makes sense, I was just saying I hadn't heard about this (finding your spouse a future spouse) that often.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          I guess the straight community hasn't had to deal with certain death quite so often as the gay community has.

  • Isyaignert

    Mazal Tov!

  • ttommyunger

    And of course the unreported part of my pleasure in this story is the fact that it drives those who know they will never find perfect a soul-mate absolutely nucking futs…I'm talking to you, Rush, Coulter, etc, etc….

  • http://www.cactusmailing.com ktanglewood

    Seriously, Im so amazed with this story. Truly, everyone really deserves to be happy, even at their age now. Best wishes, to both of them. May you have more happy years together. Congratulations!