New Jersey Becomes the 14th State to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Monday, October 21, 2013


The Garden State becomes the 14th state to recognize same-sex marriage!

Newark Mayor and U.S. Sen.-elect Cory Booker led the ceremony for seven gay couples, telling the audience, “This is very beautiful.”

Gay couples married throughout the state went ahead after the New Jersey Supreme Court on Friday denied Gov. Chris Christie’s request to delay the date when a lower court mandated gay marriage be legalized.

Faced with defeat,  Gov. Chris Christie New Jersey Gov. ordered his administration to withdraw an appeal of a state Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriages:

“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. The Governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his Administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”

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8 Responses to New Jersey Becomes the 14th State to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

  1. ChiTOM says:

    Major congrats to the New Jersey gay community! This was a sweet victory to be sure. Cory Booker is tremendous and a true ally. We need him here in Illinois, where marriage equality stalled. I hoped the legislature would have taken the matter up by now but they haven’t.

  2. Rachel says:

    Gay couples marrying in Jersey can reinvent the term “getting hitched” with “jumping the Christie!”

  3. Peace Nick says:

    So if my math is correct, 14 states recognize gay marriage which is approximately 28% of the U.S. population. Not insignificant.

    Next up is Hawaii, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.

  4. feminazi says:

    I am surprised to see Christie capitulate on the issue. His record is so thin that all he has to run on his his big personality and he can only take that so far. In any case, Cory Booker is the real power in Jersey today. Booker towers over Christie.

  5. Brigadoon says:

    Peace Nick – I like your math!

  6. Estacada says:

    From everything I read, Christie’s poll numbers dropped from the low-70’s down to the 50’s after he tried to block gay marriage by running to the state Supreme Court.

    He’s a shrewd politician and he saw the writings on the wall. Same-Sex marriage is no long a liberal issue — it’s a human rights issue. He had to change his position.

  7. TOM339 says:

    I would like to see marriage equality reach as far south as Virginia.

    One step in the right direction to make this a reality is the defeat of VA AG Ken Cuccinelli who wants to be governor and the election of Terry McAuliffe.

    McAuliffe leads in the polls but the race is tightening considerably. If Cuccinelli wins, Virginia will be another South Carolina. Not good.

  8. Silverton Pete says:

    Another one bites the dust…

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