Gay marriage was legalized in New Zealand in April, and the law took effect Monday. One high-profile and high-altitude wedding took place on a plane, with witness Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
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QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand
When Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau walked down the aisle to exchange vows, the fasten-seatbelt signs were off.
The couple celebrated the legalization of gay marriage in New Zealand by getting hitched in a plane at 39,000 feet (11,900 meters). Along for the ride was Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of the American TV sitcom "Modern Family."
Instead of soda and peanuts, the flight attendants served champagne and canapes.
Monday was the first day same-sex couples could marry in New Zealand, where the law was changed in April. Officials said about three dozen same-sex couples planned to marry.
Bendall and Wanikau were flying high after winning a promotion by national carrier Air New Zealand. Their winning video featured their three young foster children holding handwritten signs saying why their parents should get married on a plane, including one that read "Wow!! Imagine that for news at school!!!"