Senator-elect Cory Booker wasted no time voicing his vehement support for same-sex marriages early Monday morning, telling the crowd assembled at Newark City Hall: “It is officially past midnight. Marriage is now equal in New Jersey.”
On Friday, the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that would recognize same-sex marriages on October 21, and yesterday Governor Chris Christie ordered Attorney General John Hoffman to withdraw the state’s appeal of the ruling.
So as the clock struck midnight in Newark, Booker began to officiate a series of same-sex marriages, as documented on his Twitter account.
While officiating the first couple’s ceremony, he asked whether anyone had any objections. One protester yelled that these marriages were “unlawful in the eyes of God and Jesus Christ,” and was then quickly removed.
“Not hearing any substantive objections, I will proceed with the vows,” Booker replied.
Watch video of Booker officiating the ceremonies below.
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