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Barney Frank Won’t Let Anyone Ruin His Wedding

Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Massachussetts Representative Barney Frank bangs his gavel during a hearing on the Lehman Brothers collapse with US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board Ben Bernanke and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Schapiro on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Singing along to "Shout"?

Barney Frank is looking forward to his wedding this summer. Not just for the symbolic import of it. (Frank will become the first sitting member of Congress married to someone of the same gender.) Frank wants to have a damn good time celebrating the thing, and he's not going to let anything or anyone stand in his way, no matter how much veto power the snubbed guest might have. Frank, who's a lame duck congressman, on C-Span this weekend:

If he and Michelle wanted to come, I would be delighted and honored to have him, but he will bring the Secret Service. I would be flattered to have the president do that, but it would ruin the party to have the Secret Service. I'm not critical of them, but they can go take their layered protection of the president somewhere else. Not to my party.

Just as important as fighting for his right to marry, Barney Frank will fight for his right to party.

Related: In Conversation: Barney Frank

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Photo: SAUL LOEB/2010 AFP