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Gay Marriage Officially Legal In New Jersey

Jillian Morabito |
October 21, 2013 | 12:46 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

New Jersey is the 14th state (via @BarackObama).
New Jersey is the 14th state (via @BarackObama).

New Jersey is now the 14th state to legalize gay marriage.

Chris Christie’s administration had filed an appeal to ban marriage of same-sex couples, but the governor has now lifted the proposed ban. 

If Christie would have fought the law, it would have left married gay couples in “limbo” until the appeal, which was scheduled for January.  

The governor’s office released a statement saying: "Although the governor strongly disagrees with the court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution, and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law.” 

New Jersey began accepting applications for marriage licenses on Friday at 12:01 a.m. However, state law clarifies that couples must wait at least 72 hours until the marriage is official.  

New Jersey residents strongly support gay marriage and this is poised to help Christie in re-election next month. The New Jersey governor is also eyeing a presidential nomination for 2016.  

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