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In July 2012, he married his long-time partner, James Ready, becoming the first member of Congress to marry someone of the same sex while in office.Frank’s father ran a truck stop in Jersey City—a place Frank has described as "totally corrupt"—and when Frank was 6 or 7, his father served a year in prison for refusing to testify to a grand jury against Frank’s uncle.Neighborhoods in Frank’s district bordered the Combat Zone.As a means of dealing with crime in the area (including violence, police corruption and the infiltration by organized crime), he introduced a bill into the Massachusetts General Court that would have legalized the sex-for-hire business but kept it quarantined in a red light district, which would have been moved to Boston’s Financial District.In 1972, Frank was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he served for eight years.He made a name for himself in the mid-1970s as a political defender of the Combat Zone, Boston’s notorious red light district.
He outlined his efforts to reform these institutions and add regulations, but met resistance from Republicans, with the main exception being a bill with Republican Mike Oxley that died because of opposition from President Bush.
In 1987, he publicly came out as gay, after coming out to family, friends and close associates a few years prior, becoming the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily.
From 2003 until his retirement, Frank was the leading Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, and he served as committee chairman when his party held a House majority from 2007 to 2011.
In 1979, Frank was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts.
While in state and local government, he taught, part-time, at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the John F.