Just hours after New Jersey became the 14th state to begin marrying same-sex couples, Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced he would withdraw his appeal to block marriage equality.
The “Court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law,” a statement read. While he reiterated his strong disagreement with the court, Christie said he would ensure his administration enforced the law.
In the early hours on Monday, history was made in New Jersey as gay couples began to marry.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop married eight couples before a crowd of roughly 200 people at City Hall on Monday. “It’s a great thing to be a part of,” Fulop told msnbc. “Jersey City has one of if not the largest LGBT communities in New Jersey. Outside of that component, it’s an important civil rights issue.”
In Newark, Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker also married seven couples just after midnight.