New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg nudged his chief policy adviser, John Feinblatt, to propose marriage to his partner.

According to an account in The New York Times, Bloomberg, who actively lobbied for passage of a gay marriage law, co-proposed to Feinblatt's partner, Jonathan Mintz, who accepted.

“The mayor and John,” Mintz told the paper, “popped the question.”

In fact, Bloomberg approached Feinblatt with the idea, saying he would “really love to” officiate at their wedding.

The mayor, who rarely performs the duty of officiant, said he was making an exception for the couple.

“John and Jonathan are two of the smartest and hardest-working people in our administration,” Bloomberg said. “This just felt like the best way for me to say thank you.”

The couple, together 14 years, are raising two daughters: Maeve, 8, and Georgia, 6.

On the first day the law takes effect, Sunday, July 24, Bloomberg will declare the men husband and husband during a ceremony to take place under a tent on the law of Gracie Mansion.