The celebration in the state of New Jersey began in New Jersey as the 14th state to legalize same-sex marriage saw the first gay couples exchange vows at midnight. As promised Senator-elect Cory Booker officiated seven weddings and mayors in other cities and towns opened their city halls late Sunday to marry couples. Gay marriages in New Jersey received even more good news as Governor Chris Christie made a major announcement Monday. As NBC News reports on October 21, Christie has decided to lift his appeal to the Supreme Court challenging same-sex marriage.
Christie made his appeal after a court decision allowed gay marriage in the state, stating that the ruling “left no ambiguity”. The Christie administration also requested for a delay of gay marriage but had that request denied by the state Supreme Court setting the stage for a beautiful Monday morning in New Jersey for gay couples whom have waited so long for the moment.
Christie said in a statement: “Although the Governor strongly disagrees with the Court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the Court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law.”
Gov. Christie initially vetoed a same-sex marriage bill, believing that gay marriage in New Jersey should be left up to the voters. A recent sample poll suggested that the majority of voters are in favor of legalizing gay marriage. He went on to say:
“The Governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his Administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”
Same-sex marriage in the state of New Jersey is here to stay as marriages take place throughout the day. One couple summed up the moment perfectly. Beth Asaro who married her partner of 27 years said, “we’re floating on air” as her wife Joanne Schailey said the feeling was like “winning the Super Bowl.”