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More than 700 same-sex couples marry in N.J. in past seven weeks

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Mel Evans, APNewark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, officiates the ceremony for the same-sex marriage of Liz Salerno, left, 38, and Gabriela Celeiro, 34, center, at Newark City Hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

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Then-Newark Mayor and current U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, right, officiates the ceremony for the same-sex marriage of Liz Salerno, left, 38, and Gabriela Celeiro, 34, center, at Newark City Hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

TRENTON, N.J. — More than 700 same-sex couples have married or renewed their vows in New Jersey since the state allowed gay nuptials.

Same-sex marriage became legal Oct. 21. As of Dec. 6 – about seven weeks later – town registrars had informed the state of 679 new marriages and 30 couples married legally out-of-state renewing their vows, the state Health Department said.

Of the new marriages, 461 of the couples already had civil unions or domestic partnerships in New Jersey.

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There are lags in reporting the data, so the state’s tally does not include all same-sex marriages.

Statistics for opposite-sex marriage during the same period were not immediately available. But the state said there were about 44,000 ceremonies in 2012. November 2012 was one of the slowest months of that year for weddings and there were nearly 3,000.

The state’s first same-sex marriages occurred just days after the state Supreme Court refused to halt implementation of a lower court order that found the state must allow gay couples to marry.

The same day the weddings began, Gov. Chris Christie announced he would stop the state’s legal battle opposing same-sex marriage.

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36 more reader comments:

  1. Is that a lot?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:16pm
  2. New Jersey is much smaller than some other states, so I think so, yes.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:40pm
  3. Smaller in landmass, maybe, but certainly not in population, and certainly not in percentage of LGBT people living in the state.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:43pm
  4. That’s actually not as many as I would have guessed.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:16pm
  5. Sorry NJ I’m going to Hawaii :P

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:18pm
  6. lets see Chris Christie survive th backlash if he tries to revoke th law

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:19pm
  7. I’m from NJ. so proud!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:21pm
  8. woah

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:22pm
  9. I loooove my home state….

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:22pm
  10. Cool love that

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:24pm
  11. Hallelujah, praise progress !!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:30pm
  12. BRAVO NJ….NEXT STATE PLEASE!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:30pm
  13. congrats to the newlyweds…:)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:31pm
  14. Yay New Jersey! Congratulations to all the happy couples!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:36pm
  15. i wish that can be also in africa countries bt its a struggle bt still hope everything will be alright its matter of time i think

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:38pm
  16. Omg! Liz!!!!???? I went to Grad School with her! Right on! Congrats!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:39pm
  17. Congrats to all the couples!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:39pm
  18. Sweet!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:43pm
  19. Bkay….thiz things comes with development…so we are still developing.soonthey wil set laws to favour these kind of people. n m gonna luv it….hehe

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:45pm
  20. Con ustedes nuestra Edicion numero 80 duelale a quien le duela la revista gay con mas trayectoria en VENEZUELA! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.769606946388901.1073741874.177613942254874&type=1

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:19pm
  21. That’s 100 a week or 5200 a year. That’s a lot.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:53pm
  22. In the grand scheme of things, it’s a lot when you consider many people probably didn’t wait & got married in other states first. I didn’t wait for New York, and went to Vermont to get married.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:15pm
  23. Michigan next please

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:19pm
  24. Oh yeah.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:31pm
  25. not every couple is ready for marriage but hey some is much better then none

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:10pm
  26. The gays are invading Joisey??

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:24am
  27. Woot congrats y’all

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:24am
  28. wow….busy !

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:15am
  29. 100 a week… 14-15 couples a day… that’s a fair number. gotta be good for the economy

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:19am
  30. Congratulation to NJ

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:24am
  31. That is so awesome! Get with it Ohio! Congratulations to all the happy couples.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:26am
  32. Congrats and mazel tov!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:30am
  33. Jay why should straight people be with an old ball and chain

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:26am
  34. <3

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:00am
  35. Yay. Time for a celebration

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:20am
  36. like

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:21am