Same-Sex Couples in New Jersey Prepare to Marry

The state's highest court ruled unanimously to uphold an order that the marriages must start Monday and to deny a delay that had been sought by Gov. Chris Christie

By Jonathan Vigliotti
|  Sunday, Oct 20, 2013  |  Updated 4:05 PM EDT
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Brides and grooms across New Jersey filled out marriage license applications Saturday, a day after a judge ruled that same-sex marriages in the state will begin on Monday, as planned. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

Brides and grooms across New Jersey filled out marriage license applications Saturday, a day after a judge ruled that same-sex marriages in the state will begin on Monday, as planned. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

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Brides and grooms across New Jersey filled out marriage license applications this weekend after a judge ruled that same-sex marriages in the state will begin on Monday, as planned.

The state's highest court ruled unanimously to uphold an order that they must start Monday and to deny a delay that had been sought by Gov. Chris Christie's administration.

"Not only does it validate our relationship in the eyes of the law, in the state of New Jersey, but it also honors those who came before us that have fought for these rights," said Gregory Galvez, who filled out paperwork for a license Saturday with his partner of 23 years, Oscar Madrid.

Some New Jersey officials who will preside over marriages on Monday said the ruling was historic.

"I think this is a civil rights issue," said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. "There's not many times in one's lifetime to be part of something significant like this."

Ebony Batts' and Lisa Graham's whole family came out to city hall in Jersey City to mark the occasion Saturday.

"We're not promised today and we're not promised tomorrow, so give everybody that shot to be happy," said Batts.
 
New Jersey will be the 14th state to allow same-sex marriage.

The celebration is marked with some anxiety, since a judge will hear the governor's appeal in January.

Mayor Fulop said he does not believe the ruling will be struck down.

"I think that's all political," he said. "I don't think that's going anywhere."
 

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