Mayor Bloomberg Officiating One of the First Weddings in New York
July 19, 2011
When the marriage bill in New York takes affect this coming Sunday, July 24, same-sex couples across the state who have waited so long to make their commitment to each other official will finally get to say “I do”. One of the first couples to be wed on Sunday will have someone very special officiating their wedding—their boss, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“I think that the Mayor’s point of view is that New York has always stood for freedom. New York has led the fight for freedom, whether we are talking about the women’s right to vote or the right of people of different races to marry. And from the Mayor’s point of view, this is what New York is all about. Freedom is what makes New York New York.”
John Fienblatt and Jonathan Mintz were set up on a blind date fourteen years ago. Ever since then their relationship has grown stronger and stronger as they moved into together, began new jobs in the Bloomberg administration together, and started a family together. John and Jonathan now live in the West Village with their two young daughters, Maeve and Georgia.
John is now Mayor Bloomberg’s chief policy advisor and Jonathan is the city’s commissioner for consumer affairs. They have wanted to get married for a while now, but they wanted to be married in New York, where their home is.
Shortly after the passage of the marriage bill, Mayor Bloomberg popped the question to John: Can I marry you and Jonathan?
After checking with Jonathan, John and Jonathan said yes. Now Mayor Bloomberg will officiate the John and Jonathan’s wedding, one of the first weddings to occur between a same-sex couple in the state of New York
Freedom to Marry applauds and thanks Mayor Bloomberg for longstanding commitment to win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in New York and for bringing in this victory by marrying John and Jonathan. And for John and Jonathan, congratulations on your upcoming wedding. This Sunday will truly be a very special day for you, for New York, and for the nation.