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** FILE ** Former Democratic congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts. (Associated Press)

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This undated image provided by Fotique shows U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., left, and Jim Ready posing at their wedding reception Saturday July 7, 2012. Frank married his longtime partner in a ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick in Newton, Mass. Saturday. (AP Photo/Fotique, Jaime E. Connolly)

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** FILE ** Retiring Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, talks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, before the start of the 113th Congress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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** FILE ** Retiring Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, talks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, before the start of the 113th Congress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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** FILE ** U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act at the Ronald Reagan Building, July 21, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Also pictured (L-R) are Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). (UPI/Win McNamee/Pool)

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Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, got worked up over who deserves credit for a bill that assists community banks.(Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Retiring Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, talks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, before the start of the 113th Congress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Retiring Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. talks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, prior to the start of the 113th Congress. Joseph Kennedy III is scheduled to be sworn in Thursday, replacing Frank. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Rep. Barney Frank, a member of the committee drawing up the Democratic Party platform, said the draft document includes language backing gay marriage. The Republican platform is expected to still define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Barney Frank, a member of the committee drawing up the Democratic Party platform, said the draft document includes language backing gay marriage. The Republican platform is expected to still define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Barney Frank (left), Massachusetts Democrat, 72, on Saturday wed Jim Ready, 42, in Newton, Mass., with the state's Democratic governor officiating. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Barney Frank (left), Massachusetts Democrat, 72, on Saturday wed Jim Ready, 42, in Newton, Mass., with the state's Democratic governor officiating. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Barney Frank (left), Massachusetts Democrat, and Jim Ready pose July 7, 2012, at their wedding reception. Frank married his longtime partner in a ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick in Newton, Mass. (Associated Press/Fotique, Jaime E. Connolly)

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Rep. Barney Frank (left), Massachusetts Democrat, and Jim Ready pose July 7, 2012, at their wedding reception. Frank married his longtime partner in a ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick in Newton, Mass. (Associated Press/Fotique, Jaime E. Connolly)

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This undated image provided by Fotique shows U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., left, and Jim Ready. On Saturday, July 7, 2012, Frank married his longtime partner in a ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick in Newton, Mass. (AP Photo/Fotique, Jaime E. Connolly)

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This undated image provided by Fotique shows U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., left, and Jim Ready. On Saturday, July 7, 2012, Frank married his longtime partner in a ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick in Newton, Mass. (AP Photo/Fotique, Jaime E. Connolly)

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Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, got worked up over who deserves credit for a bill that assists community banks.(Associated Press)

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Rep. Barney Frank (right), Massachusetts Democrat, plans to marry his longtime partner, Jim Ready (left), who is from Maine. No date has been set. (Associated Press)

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Joseph Kennedy III, at a campaign rally for Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (third from left) in 2010, may soon be announcing a political run of his own to replace Rep. Barney Frank, who is retiring from the U.S. House. Mr. Kennedy said he will begin "to reach out to the people of [Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District] in order to hear directly from them about the challenges they are facing." (Associated Press)