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Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 file photo, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. gestures during his news conference on his retirement on Capitol Hill in Washington. A spokesman for Frank confirmed Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, that Frank a gay pioneer in Congress, plans to marry Jim Ready, his longtime partner from Maine. Frank is retiring from Congress at the end of the 2012 term.

WASHINGTON — Retiring Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank, a gay pioneer in Congress, plans to marry his longtime partner Jim Ready of Maine.

A spokesman for Frank confirmed Thursday that the congressman's wedding will be in Massachusetts, but said no date had been set.

The Democrat announced last fall that he was retiring at the end of his 16th term.