Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced that he will officiate some of the first gay marriages in New Jersey that will take place this Monday as the state of New Jersey has become the 14th state to legalize same-sex marriage. As Politico reported on October 18, the New Jersey Sen.-elect is excited and proud to marry couples in City Hall.
Booker has been a proponent of gay marriage in the state of New Jersey and has even refused to address gay rumors because he saw it as a way to “challenge people on their homophobia.” He has also refused to officiate any marriage requests because same-sex couples were being denied equal rights in the state. But after Friday’s rejection of a delay request by the Supreme Court, Booker will be performing nuptials on Monday morning.
A spokesperson for Booker wrote in a statement on Friday:
“After today’s wonderful news, Mayor Booker is excited to marry both straight and gay couples in City Hall on Monday morning beginning at 12:01 a.m.”
The stage was set for gay marriage in the state back on Sept. 27 when New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled in favor of allowing same-sex couples to get married. Governor Chris Christie appealed the decision and also requested a delay, which was denied paving the way for gay marriages to begin on Monday. The Supreme Court will still hear the appeal in January. But until then, gay marriage will be allowed and Christie has announced that he will comply with the ruling.