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Senator-Elect Cory Booker To Begin Marrying New Jersey Gay Couples At Midnight On Monday

Well done, Mr. Senator! 

Barring a decision from the New Jersey Supreme Court that halts same-sex marriages which are scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 21, newly elected U.S. Senator (and current mayor of Newark) Cory Booker will begin marrying same-sex couples at midnight on Monday!

Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner writes:

Before Senator-elect Cory Booker comes to Washington, he plans to start the ball rolling on marriage equality in New Jersey by marrying several same-sex couples at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, BuzzFeed has learned.

Multiple advocates in New Jersey confirmed that the Newark mayor who just won election to the Senate on Wednesday plans to conduct weddings in the first floor rotunda of Newark City Hall after the clock strikes midnight.

The only remaining question is whether the New Jersey Supreme Court will issue an order before then putting marriage equality on hold while it considers an appeal of the trial-court decision that led to Booker’s plans.

According to information provided to BuzzFeed, wedding plans are moving forward at this time, with at least 10 couples and their families expected to attend the early Monday morning event.


In Newark, the couples being married by Booker are being required to fill out and sign the required marriage license application by 10 a.m. Friday, according to information provided to BuzzFeed. Media coverage, including interviews with the couples, is also being coordinated. The couples, who are invited to bring up to five guests, are being asked to arrive at Newark City Hall an hour prior to the ceremony.

10 a.m. Friday? EST?? That means they've only got a few minutes! Get those applications in gays!

Let's hope the New Jersey Supreme Court doesn't decide to be a buzz kill and keep couples from marrying on Monday.

And by the way, we think this is a pretty solid way for Senator-elect Booker, a vocal LGBT ally, to get started in his newly elected position!