TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Several gay couples in New Jersey have decided not to waste any time before tying the knot.
Many couples were gathering late Sunday to wed in ceremonies, which were set to be held shortly after midnight. The last-minute weddings were planned after the state Supreme Court last week refused to delay a lower court order for the state to begin recognizing same-sex marriages at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has a pending appeal, but justices said they would not hold up marriages while they consider it. The justices said they did not think the state’s arguments were likely to prevail and that delaying the lower court’s order would hurt couples who would not become eligible for certain federal benefits until they could legally marry in New Jersey.