When I interviewed Barney Frank last week about the dramatic evolution of gay rights, he was in the process of finalizing the guest list for his July wedding. He was also planning the ceremony: most notably, who would officiate.
Frank wouldn't tell me who he had chosen, but he did tell me his first choice: Margaret Marshall, the retired chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, who wrote the Goodridge decision that legalized gay marriage in Massachusetts.
"In fact," he said, "I left a voice mail: 'Margie, will you marry me?'"
Frank said Marshall called him back laughing, and said that she would love to do it, but that she and her husband, former New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis, were going to be out of the country that day.
Any speculation on who the officiant will be? Remember, in Massachusetts, anyone can get a license to perform a wedding ceremony. And we already know that it won't be President Obama.