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.
Jacobson ruled that “[s]ame-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution,” beginning October 21. Although Governor and opportunistic gay marriage opponent Chris Christie appealed the ruling, the state’s Supreme Court is still deciding on whether or not to pay any attention to it. If the high court fails to rule, Jacobson’s decree will go into effect on Monday.
Meanwhile, New Jersey cities including gay mecca Asbury Park are gearing up for their big gay wedding days and are already accepting applications for marriage licenses. The Newark couples seeking to get married by Booker need to file their necessary paperwork by 10 am Friday. Each couple is allowed to bring up to five guests and are required to be at City Hall an hour prior to the ceremony.
If all goes well and the Supreme Court ignores Chris Christie — as everyone should learn to do — Newark City Hall will probably look something like this:
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