Wite-out & wedding bells: Cities jump to take marriage license applications for gay couples

We’re hearing that mayors in several cities are already issuing applications for marriage licenses for same sex couples. The info is coming in to me fast, so these are yet unconfirmed, but I am hearing that Newark, Jersey City, Asbury Park, Lambertville and Maplewood have begun to take applications for weddings to begin Monday morning at a few seconds past midnight. UPDATE: Red Bank, too – confirmed.

To date, the State of New Jersey has issued no forms for same-sex couples. There is nothing the State has printed up, and NJ hasn’t issued anything.  Forms still say Man and Woman. So the cities have taken this on themselves:

They are using whiteout to correct the forms and make them ready for gay couples.

We’re hearing the mayors in these cities are simply ‘chomping at the bit’ to be first

We’re hearing that the mayors in these towns are “chomping at the bit” to be first, and to provide this service to the gay couples in their towns ready to marry now.

I am thrilled for this. And I’m in some awe at the joy the mayors, elected representatives and municipal staff of these cities are beginning to witness.

Last week, Judge Mary Jacobson denied the state’s request to delay her historic ruling allowing same-sex marriage in New Jersey beginning on October 21, 2013. According to local officials, Jacobson’s ruling allows for marriages on 21st. Since state law requires a 72-hour waiting period, same-sex marriage application need to be issued three-days prior.  

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  1. LK2013

    Just when you start to celebrate, they slap you down again in NJ. Today NJ Health Dept tells mayors and others to knock it off until the NJ Supreme Court rules. Keep your hands off marriage applications until then!



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