Surprise! Joan Rivers officiated a gay wedding during a book signing in New York City on Monday, June 30. The wedding was impromptu and took place the day after NYC’s Gay Pride Parade.
Rivers was holding a book signing for her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva, at a local Barnes & Noble store, when a couple asked if she would marry them.
“While we were waiting, we were reading the book,” Joe Aiello told Entertainment Tonight. “She had mentioned being an ordained minister, and I jokingly asked [his partner], ‘Do you think it’s true? Maybe she’ll marry us.’ And he goes, ‘Ask her!’ So… I did.”
“Neither one of us thought she’d say yes!” added Jed Ryan, Aiello’s new husband.
But Rivers said yes, and conducted a ceremony only she could administer — with equal amounts of comedy and love.
“Do the two of you understand what marriage is about?” she asked Aiello and Ryan. “Adoring each other, standing behind each other, and forsaking all others, and really, honest to God, this is it, forever.”
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Rivers was ordained in Feb. 2013 and she performed her first gay wedding ceremony at the top of the Empire State Building. Rivers’ book, despite its lack of celebrity fans due to the controversy it is causing in Hollywood, is out now.