Bloomberg Will Officiate Gay Wedding of 2 Aides

Mayor will preside over ceremony on first day it's legal

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 7, 2011 5:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – Michael Bloomberg isn’t wasting any time celebrating New York’s new marriage law. The day gay marriage becomes legal in the state, the mayor will officiate at the wedding of two city officials, NBC New York reports. Bloomberg will unite his chief policy adviser (John Feinblatt) and the city’s consumer affairs commissioner (Jonathan Mintz) in a ceremony at Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence.

The city clerk’s office would usually be closed on a Sunday, but it’s staying open for the big day on July 24. Bloomberg's decision contrasts with that of Rudy Giuliani, who has so far rebuffed requests from gay friends to preside over their nuptials in the city, notes the Daily Intel blog.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, will officiate at the wedding of chief policy adviser John Feinblatt, second left.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, will officiate at the wedding of chief policy adviser John Feinblatt, second left.   (AP Photo/NYC Mayor's Office, Edward Reed)
Mayor Bloomberg delivers a speech calling for lawmakers to approve a bill allowing same-sex marriage at Cooper Union College on May 26 in New York City.
Mayor Bloomberg delivers a speech calling for lawmakers to approve a bill allowing same-sex marriage at Cooper Union College on May 26 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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