USA, New Jersey: Towns Prepare for Marriage Equality On Monday

Written by scott on October 18th, 2013

New Jersey mapAsbury Park, New Jersey, the epicenter of marriage equality action back in 2004, has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in anticipation of Monday’s deadline.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

At least one New Jersey town began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Thursday to comply with a court order to allow same-sex marriages starting Monday. Asbury Park’s action touched off conflicting legal advice for towns. The Star-Ledger of Newark reported that the state Health Department sent emails to municipal clerks Thursday telling them not to issue any licenses until after the state Supreme Court rules on whether the nuptials will be recognized next week. Meanwhile, the gay rights legal group Lambda Legal said towns should issue licenses so couples can start getting married at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Under state law, there’s a 72-hour waiting period for marriage licenses.

And newly elected Senator Cory Booker, over in Newark New Jersey, plans to start marrying same-sex couples at 12:01 AM Monday.

Queerty reports:

Senator-Elect Cory Booker is wasting no time exercising his political muscle. Before Mr. Booker goes to Washington, he will marry same-sex couples in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey beginning at 12:01 AM on Monday. According to BuzzFeed, the Newark mayor, who trounced his gay-baiting opponent Steve Lonegan to win the Senate seat on Wednesday, will marry at least 10 couples on the first floor rotunda of Newark City Hall. However, the New Jersey Supreme Court may issue an order before anyone says “I do” as it considers an appeal to a September 27 decision by Judge Mary Jacobson.

And that’s the big question – will the New Jersey Supreme Court issue a stay on the weddings before Monday?

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