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Some big news today from the Garden State:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie abandoned the state's legal challenge to same-sex marriage on Monday, hours after gay couples began tying the knot in the wake of a court ruling.

Christie said that while he disagreed with the court's decision, it "left no ambiguity," making New Jersey the 14th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

New Jersey legally recognizing same-sex marriage sent couples throughout the state into a frantic scramble, with Christie instructing the state’s Department of Health to cooperate with municipalities to issue licenses.

Christie, a Republican with a national profile, is a popular figure in New Jersey, but his move to drop the appeal could cause him some support if he decides to run for president. - NBC News, 10/21/13

And newly elected U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D. NJ) was the one to help kick off this joyous day:

Newark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, officiates the ceremony for the same-sex marriage of Liz Salerno, left, 38, and Gabriela Celeiro, 34, center, at Newark City Hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
One by one nine couples — seven same-sex and two heterosexual — walked down the marble staircase at City Hall early today to be married by Newark Mayor Cory Booker early today.

"It is officially past midnight, marriage is equal in New Jersey," Booker told the crowd to kick off the ceremony.

As Booker was marrying the first couple, Joseph Panessidi and Orville Bell, someone attempted to disrupt the ceremony.

Booker had asked if anyone had reason to object to the marriage and a protester screamed “This is unlawful in the eyes of God and Jesus Christ.”

Booker, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last week, called for the person to be removed and police dragged him out.

As Booker continued speaking, “...not hearing any substantive and worthy objections,” thunderous applause erupted. - The Star-Ledger, 10/21/13

This would be Booker's first time officiating any marriage:

Booker said he expected a couple of hundred people in the rotunda at midnight, said it was going to be some party. Said he had just gotten “under the wire” with his ability to officiate at weddings, that senators don’t have the right, that he was running out of time before he stepped down as mayor in a matter of days.

“I’m being honest when I tell you it’s going to be hard keeping my emotions in check,” Booker said. “This isn’t about me, this is just a great moment for our state and for our country.”

Here is what Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of New Jersey’s Supreme Court wrote on Friday in a decision upholding a lower court order allowing gay marriage in his state, thus denying the delay that Gov. Chris Christie had sought as part of a bad, dumb, losing game:

“The state has advanced a number or arguments, but none of them overcome this reality: Same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today. The harm to them is real, not abstract or speculative.” - New York Daily News, 10/21/13

Congratulations to all the newly married couples in New Jersey!  Cheers!

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality, LGBT Kos Community, and Milk Men And Women.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 03:00:24 PM PDT

  •  Umm, pdc, that should be "KNOT" (4+ / 0-)

    "Tying the NOT" is all same-sex couples have had to do in NJ up until now.... fortunately, no more..!

    •  Thanks for catching that. Sorry, was in a rush to (3+ / 0-)
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      The Marti, Jay C, slowbutsure

      get this out.

      Funny Stuff at

      by poopdogcomedy on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 03:12:53 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Teabags United for Government Waste (0+ / 0-)

        "Christie, a Republican with a national profile, is a popular figure in New Jersey, but his move to drop the appeal could cause him some support if he decides to run for president. - NBC News, 10/21/13"

        probably..they would rather that he waste millions of taxpayer dollars on what would be a lost cause with that state supreme court, than have him just acknowledge reality. The same teabagging crowd that complains about government spending being too high, no less..

        "Did they really think that we wouldn't notice? Nice try-- but we got you!" Rev. Al Sharpton

        by growingMajorityMN on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 08:48:20 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  You might want to put a "K" (1+ / 0-)
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    The Marti

    in your "knot" in the title.  As it reads it looks like Cory Booker married them but not in New Jersey.

    We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

    by theotherside on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 03:07:05 PM PDT

  •  You may not have said "Knot" in your title, but (2+ / 0-)
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    poopdogcomedy, slowbutsure

    this diary put a huge smile on my face and brought tears to my eyes!!!

    Each time I've seen this story, I've had the same goofy, happy, teary reaction...and I just love it!!

    I wish all the happy couples a long, happy, loving life together....their current governor 'not' withstanding!

    Good job, Senator Elect Booker!

    Good diary, poopdogcomedy!  Knot that anyone would dare say otherwise. ;-D

    We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

    by The Marti on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 03:40:49 PM PDT

  •  There's a wonderful video of the event (2+ / 0-)
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    slowbutsure, The Marti

    I can't embed it but I've linked it to two other diaries and am happy to link it again here. It includes the heckling and the way Booker dealt with the heckler. It is priceless. Also at the above link someone has posted an excellent cartoon that illustrates Booker's point.

    By the way the video, taken as a whole, is incredibly moving.

  •  no Dan, but great letter from him. (1+ / 0-)
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    re MA governor race:

    "... To those who have helped and supported me so much, my deepest thanks.  We all know that there are many ways to make a contribution, many ways to help, many ways to fight.  We also know that sometimes one door closes so another can open.

    I promise to continue to contribute, help, and fight.  And I look forward to walking through the next door together.


    hope you got the full notice, poopie -- and can diary it.

    Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

    by greenbird on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 04:17:41 PM PDT

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