Here is some news from the Wall Street Journal that is ON TOPIC for this thread:
Gay Marriage Takes Off
Christie Declines to Appeal a New Jersey Court's Ruling Allowing the Nuptials
Oct. 21, 2013 9:15 p.m. ET
Gov. Chris Christie's decision Monday to drop an appeal of a lower court's decision allowing for same-sex marriage in New Jersey stunned and delighted gay rights advocates and left leaders on both sides of the issue plotting their next moves.
As gay couples began to wed Monday, lawyers who were prepared to take a gay marriage case in New Jersey to the state's highest court said their work had concluded in the wake of Mr. Christie's decision.
"I think we're done here," said Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director for Lambda Legal, a national gay rights group, and co-counsel on the gay marriage case. "There are many paths to victory and equality."
Some gay rights advocates, however, were still considering whether to push for an override of Mr. Christie's veto last year on gay marriage legislation. A statewide coalition with national donors had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to push for an override vote by the end of the legislative year in January.
"We are talking to leadership in both houses about what our next steps are," said Troy Stevenson of Garden State Equality, a gay rights group.
Public support for gay marriage has grown steadily in New Jersey. A Rutgers-Eagleton Poll of 799 registered voters released Monday found that 61% supported same-sex nuptials, including 49% of the Republicans.
Same-sex couples rushed to wed early Monday morning, the first day they could legally do so in New Jersey. Mayors in some places—including Newark, Jersey City and Lambertville—performed ceremonies after the stroke of midnight Sunday for couples looking to tie the knot as soon as possible.
"It is officially past midnight; marriage is equal in New Jersey," said Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who married seven gay couples at City Hall, along with two straight couples. They were the first couples Mr. Booker, who last week was elected to the U.S. Senate, had married in his seven years as mayor. He had refused to preside over any ceremonies until gay marriage was legal.
Some had wanted to marry as soon as possible for fear that the state Supreme Court could strike down gay marriage in the administration's appeal that was to be considered next year. With the appeal dropped, couples said they were ecstatic.
"We feel like pioneers and now this really makes it feel real," said David Calle, a hair stylist, told friends after marrying his partner of 13 years in Jersey City on Monday.
The issue has evolved rapidly in New Jersey in the last several days, causing some confusion for couples applying for marriage licenses. On Thursday, the state had directed local governments to hold off on issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the court process played out. Some towns issued the licenses anyway on Friday.
After the state Supreme Court ruled Friday to allow the marriages to go forward pending the appeal, the state directed municipalities to grant licenses as they would other couples—including abiding by New Jersey's 72-hour waiting period for marriages.
Mr. Stevenson said Garden State Equality plans to launch an education campaign to make sure people understand the decision and their rights.
In moving to drop the appeal, Mr. Christie said he disagreed with the court's ruling on Friday but the decision indicated the court would likely strike down the state's case.
Carl Tobias, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Richmond, said the governor's decision was astute because nullifying marriages now taking place would be difficult and expensive. "It's a pragmatic decision," he said.