As of 12:01 this morning, New Jersey joined thirteen other states and the District of Columbia in allowing same-sex couples to get married!
The joyous news comes after the N.J. supreme court denied the state's request to temporarily disable same-sex couples from saying "I do." Governor Chris Christie appealed a lower court's ruling on September 27th that beginning October 21st the state must allow man and man, woman and woman, to join hands in marriage, rather than a civil union. However, according to The New York Times, the conservative governor decided to drop his appeal only a few short hours after vows were exchanged all across the Garden State (and officiated by the likes of Newark mayor and recent Senator elect Cory Booker!).
"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," Mr. Christie's administration said in a statement. "The governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court."
We couldn't be more thrilled about this news, which follows the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June to drop the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (and, of course, which prompted Kirsten Bell and Dax Shepard to finally tie the knot).
Mazels go out to all of the couples who exchanged vows just past the stroke of midnight!
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