I'm hardly a fan of Michael Bloomberg, but there's no denying that New York's mayor has been out in front on the civil rights issue of our day: same-sex marriage. When some politicians hemmed and hawed--and others continue to do so--Bloomberg has been outspoken on the issue, and was a key driver behind New York State's recent decision to legalize it.
The law will goes into effect on July 24, and according to the New York Times, Bloomberg will preside over at least one of the first marriages that day:
Mr. Bloomberg will officiate at the nuptials of his chief policy adviser, John Feinblatt, and his commissioner for consumer affairs, Jonathan Mintz, partners of 14 years who have two young daughters, city officials said.
The Times also reports something that I didn't know, namely that
As mayor, Mr. Bloomberg can marry any couple he wishes — a right that Mr. Bloomberg, who is divorced and lives with his longtime partner, Diana Taylor, has used sparingly over the last nine years.
In any event,
Mr. Bloomberg offered to marry the City Hall couple, according to his aides, despite his general reluctance to officiate at weddings. The reason, they said, was his long and close relationship with Mr. Mintz and Mr. Feinblatt, who worked closely with the mayor on the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage.