New Jersey holds first gay marriages

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New Jersey holds first gay marriages

New York City (AFP) – New Jersey’s first-ever same-sex marriages were celebrated Monday with cheers and laughter as a flurry of excited, beaming couples married minutes after midnight.

New York City (AFP) – New Jersey’s first-ever same-sex marriages were celebrated Monday with cheers and laughter as a flurry of excited, beaming couples married minutes after midnight.

Republican Governor Chris Christie, who had appealed against the judicial decision to allow the weddings, later that morning dropped his fight to get it overturned.

“Exhilarated, ecstatic and what was my other e? Excited,” Marsha Shapiro told TV network CBS, dressed to the nines alongside new spouse Louise Walpin in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The couple have been together more than 20 years, raised four children and have one grandchild with another on the way.

The weddings began at one minute after midnight (0501 GMT) on the first day that a judge allowed the unions to take place.

Despite the governor’s personal opposition, several of the states other elected representatives were only too happy to officiate at the midnight unions.

Cory Booker, the charismatic Democratic mayor of Newark, elected last week in a special ballot to take over the state’s empty Senate seat, was one of them.

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Grace E. Guerrero (left) and Jeanette L. Williams exchange …

Grace E. Guerrero (left) and Jeanette L. Williams exchange rings after being married by US Senator-e …

“The great state of New Jersey becomes far, far greater by recognizing the equality of all God’s children,” he told the congregation at one of the weddings.

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