- - Wednesday, July 11, 2012

On Saturday, Rep. Barney Frank took marriage vows with his partner, Jim Ready, at a Boston ceremony attended by 300 guests and scads of media. One might have thought the congressman, his partner and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who officiated the nuptials, might have wanted to use this high-profile event as an opportunity to combat negative public opinion about and increase the legitimacy of same-sex marriage. They accomplished the polar opposite. Red flags should be hoisted up flagpoles across the country.

Here are the vows, which Mr. Patrick as the presiding official, posed to Mr. Frank and Mr. Ready:

“Do you promise to love each other and be each other’s best friend,

In sickness and in health,

In Congress or in retirement,

Whether the surf is up or the surf’s flat,

For richer or for poorer,

Under the Democrats or the Republicans,

Whether the slopes are powdery or icy,

Whether the book reviews are good or bad,

For better or for worse,

On MSNBC or on Fox,

For as long as you both shall live?”

The entire ceremony lasted just a few minutes.

Most Americans - yes, even those who may have a divorce in their past, view marriage as something sacred. It’s a solemn moment of commitment before God or, if not God, in front of their families and the community. Clearly, the intelligentsia in attendance were not mostAmericans.

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