New Zealand

Air New Zealand to host country’s first gay wedding — at 30,000 ft.

DAN LITTAUER [e]Special to LGBTQ Nation[m]

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Air New Zealand says it will be hosting the country’s first gay wedding ceremony — mid air — on board a plane when same-sex marriage becomes legal next month.

The airline is seeking a couple to tie the knot at an altitude of 30,000 feet on a flight between Queenstown, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand on Monday August 19, saying it wants to prove that love is truly in the air.

The wedding will be hosted by actor and gay rights activist Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell in the ABC comedy series “Modern Family,” and his partner, attorney and activist Justin Mikita.

“Justin and I are thrilled to be taking part in witnessing this historic moment for New Zealand,” Ferguson said, in a statement.

“After launching ‘Tie The Knot,’ our bow tie campaign for marriage equality in the U.S., it is clear that the journey towards marriage, both in the US and beyond, means so much to us,” he said.

Ferguson and Mitka are planning to marry in New York this month.

Air New Zealand launched the competition Wednesday for prospective couples from around the world for the mid-air wedding event.

“Naturally, the couple’s family and friends will want to be on hand for the special occasion so we have plenty of seats set aside for them,” said Jodi Williams, Air New Zealand’s head of global brand development.

The winning couple will also be treated to a honeymoon vacation in Palm Springs in the United States, courtesy of Air New Zealand.

On April 13, New Zealand became the 13th country to legalize same-sex marriage; the law takes effect August 19.

Couples can enter the Air New Zealand competition at — deadline is July 26.

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