Wedding Planning on a Deadline for NJ Gay Couples 10/19/13
October 19, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Many gay couples in New Jersey are hurriedly making wedding arrangements this weekend, after the state's highest court ruled that same-sex marriages will be allowed starting Monday.
City halls in several New Jersey cities have added extra office hours this weekend to accept marriage license applications.
Couples must normally wait 72 hours after applying for a marriage license before they can marry, but one gay rights group is trying to line up judges who could waive the waiting period. Garden State Equality executive director Troy Stevenson said Saturday that the effort was "work in progress."
Stevenson didn't have specific details on how many judges would be available to consider the waivers. But he says many marriages will be held across the state as soon as possible once the new policy takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen.-elect Cory Booker says he will officiate at weddings of both gay and heterosexual couples as the mayor of Newark. Booker was elected this week to the Senate and has been a strong supporter of gay rights.