LONG ISLAND CITY — A Queens arts organization is offering to pay for a gay couple's wedding — complete with a minister, photographer and DJ — in light of Friday's Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
Local Project will host the free wedding ceremony at its headquarters on 44th Road near 11th Street during the month of July as a way to celebrate the civil rights landmark.
"It's just to show support," said the group's director, Carolina Peñafiel, who called it a "celebration of human rights."
"We're really happy to be able to do this," she said.
Though the space at its headquarters and gallery is limited, Peñafiel said it's ideal for a small, intimate ceremony with the couple and a few guests.
A friend of Local Project's who is ordained has offered to officiate the ceremony free of charge, while a photographer and a DJ have also agreed to donate their services, she said.
"We've actually rented the space for weddings before and it worked really well, it was really nice and beautiful," she said.
The ceremony will take place during the month of July and the winning couple will likely be selected via a raffle, Peñafiel said — adding that they may host several couples if demand is high.
"If we get a lot of requests we might do multiple weddings," she said.