Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

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.

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