Cory Booker Plans to Officiate Same-Sex Marriages

Cory Booker Plans to Officiate Same-Sex Marriages

Mayor Cory Booker will grant same-sex marriages when they become legal in New Jersey on Oct. 21 if Gov. Chris Christie's appeal fails.

Published October 18, 2013

In one of his last acts as Newark mayor, Senator-elect Cory Booker plans to officiate several same-sex marriages at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 21. There are, however, some "legal obstacles" that must be "ironed out," city spokesman James Allen told the Star-Ledger, but Booker is pushing hard to make it happen.

Last month, Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson issued a ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in New Jersey so that gay couples, in already-legal civil unions, would not be denied federal benefits.

Gov. Chris Christie's administration has filed an appeal of Jacobson's decision, which will not be heard until January, and has asked the Supreme Court to hold off on allowing same-sex marriages in the meantime.

If his request is not granted, the ceremonies can proceed. They will take place in Newark City Hall's first-floor rotunda and approximately 10 couples are expected to participate.

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 (Photo: AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Written by Joyce Jones


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