Bloomberg to Preside Over Same-Sex Marriage
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Later this month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will officiate his third wedding as mayor: the marriage of his chief policy adviser, John Feinblatt, and the city's commissioner of consumer affairs, Jonathan Mintz.
The pair is getting married on Sunday, July 24, the first day same-sex couples can legally marry in New York State. Mintz said they're celebrating an important moment in civil rights history.
"It's a really big deal, something that I'm excited to be able to show our daughters," he said. "It's a celebration of families like ours, and to be able to be proud of that and to do it in a big way to show how proud we are."
Mintz said the mayor, a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, offered to preside over the wedding, and the couple was happy to oblige. They've been together for 14 years, and have two young daughters.
Bloomberg has also presided over his daughter's wedding, and the wedding of former Mayor Rudy Giuiliani.