New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose support for marriage equality was critical to getting the legislation passed with the support of key Republicans, will perform the wedding ceremony of two of his top aides, John Feinblatt and Jonathan Mintz on July 24th, the day the the Empire State's marriage equality law takes effect.
NBC News reports:
The Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent mayor, who has performed marriage duty just twice since he took office in 2002, will marry his consumer affairs commissioner, Jonathan Mintz, and chief policy adviser, John Feinblatt.The ceremony will take place at Gracie Mansion.
Bloomberg said in a statement that Mintz and Feinblatt, who have been together for many years, helped him "see the issue of marriage equality in very clear terms."
"This will be one of the biggest days of their lives, a day they've waited a long time to see, and I'm just honored to be a part of it," he said.
The city announced this week that the City Clerk's office will have extended hours and will be open for business on Sunday, July 24th. Bloomberg said, "This is a historic moment for New York, a moment many couples have waited years and even decades to see – and we are not going to make them wait one day longer than they have to,”