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Photos: Marriage Equality Begins in NJ Today

Marriages began in New Jersey early this morning after the State Supreme Court Friday unanimously denied Gov. Chris Christie's request for a stay of a lower court’s ruling.

Shortly after midnight at Newark City Hall, Mayor Cory Booker officiated the ceremony of first nine same-sex couples to marry.

New Jersey is now the 14th state, plus the District of Columbia, to recognize same-sex marriage.

In late September, New Jersey Trial Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that “same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution."

The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in early January on the merits of the case, which was brought forth by Garden State Equality and Lambda Legal on behalf of seven New Jersey same-sex couples. Marriage equality will not be permanent until a final decision is issued.

New Jersey United for Marriage, of which HRC is a proud partner, has mounted a campaign to secure marriage equality legislatively for all loving and committed couples in New Jersey.  HRC has five field staff in New Jersey as part of its investment in the campaign.

View photos of the first marriages in the Garden State below.

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Jenelle Torres, 42, CEO, and Lydia Torres, 44, UPS driver (c) J Rolfe/HRC

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Gabriela Celeiro, 34, social worker, and Liz Salerno, 38, social worker, (c) J Rolfe/HRC

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Jenelle Torres, 42, CEO, and Lydia Torres, 44, UPS driver (c) J Rolfe/HRC

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James Credle, 68, retired dean of students, Rutgers, and Pierre DuFresne, 58, computer graphics artist (c)J Rolfe/HRC

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Newark Mayor and Senator-Elect Cory Booker (c) J Rolfe/HRC

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Jenelle Torres, 42, CEO, and Lydia Torres, 44, UPS driver, with Newark Mayor and Senator-Elect Cory Booker (c) J Rolfe/HRC

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Joseph Panessidi, 65, retired advertising executive, and Orville Bell, 65, LGBTQ youth educator, with Newark Mayor and Senator-Elect Cory Booker (c) J Rolfe/HRC

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Joseph Panessidi, 65, retired advertising executive, and Orville Bell, 65, LGBTQ youth educator (c) J Rolfe/HRC

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Newark Mayor and Senator-Elect Cory Booker celebrates with HRC volunteers and organizers (c) J Rolfe/HRC

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Newark Mayor and Senator-Elect Cory Booker with Joseph Panessidi, 65, retired advertising executive, and Orville Bell, 65, LGBTQ youth educator (c) J Rolfe/HRC

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