‘I never thought we’d see this in our lifetime’: Same-sex couples get a jump start on marriage licenses

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (PIX11) – City Halls around New Jersey opened their clerks offices Saturday morning to give same sex couples a jump on the paperwork needed to exchange vows on Monday.

Gay marriages can go forward, after the state’s highest court on Friday denied the Christie administration’s request for a delay.  Though Governor Christie does not support gay marriage, he said he will comply with the court’s ruling.

Amy Levine and Nancy Scott, who have been together for 8 years,  rushed over to the clerk’s office in Jersey City to apply for a marriage license.  They were married in North Carolina by a rabbi which wasn’t recognized.  But they do have a civil union in the Garden State.

“Now it’s marriage, so the third time is the charm hopefully,”  said Nancy Scott.

“I never thought we’d see this in our lifetime,” chimed in Amy Levine.

A final decision on whether to legalize gay marriage won’t be rendered until next year. It’s not clear yet, how gay couples who do get married now would be affected if the New Jersey State Supreme Court ultimately rules against gay marriage.

David Gibson and Rich Kiamco were the first same sex couple in Jersey City to fill out the application for a marriage license.

“We were celebrating with friends last night and we weren’t quite sure what to call it because it wasn’t that New Jersey legalized gay marriage yesterday.  It was a step in the process.  The fight continues,” said Gibson.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be conducting marriage ceremonies beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.

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