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New Jersey is the 3rd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Dec. 18, 1787. Its most populous city is Newark, and the state capitol is located in Trenton.

Marriage Equality: Same-sex marriage became legal in New Jersey on Oct. 21, 2013, after a state Superior Court judge ruled on Sept. 27, 2013, that as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, New Jersey's constitution requires the state to recognize same-sex marriages. On Oct. 18, 2013, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously to uphold the ruling and deny a delay sought by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration. Christie dropped his appeal on Oct. 21, 2013 hours after the law took effect and same-sex couples in New Jersey began to wed. Previously, in 2012, the New Jersey Legislature had passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, but it was vetoed by Christie.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Finally, the day for those who have been married in their hearts a very long time

| Sunday, October 20, 2013
Dan and Mike's wedding.
Weddings come in a lot of flavors. Many are planned, sometimes long before a potential mate is even in the picture. Some come about at the last minute. Some of the opposite sex variety come about because improper birth control was used and the couple “has to.” Then there are some special ones that occur when marriage equality is finally attained: the weddings of people who have been married in their hearts for a very long time, but only now can be legally and socially recognized. These kind of weddings will take place in New Jersey this week. Long term couples becoming legally, publicly married and acknowledged. It is about time.

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N.J. same-sex couples prepare to wed just after midnight tonight

| Sunday, October 20, 2013
Joe Epstein, APDavid Gibson,left, and Rich Kiamco, right, of Jersey City display their marriage license, which they obtained on Friday.
TRENTON, N.J. -- Several gay couples in New Jersey are expected to gather late Sunday to wed in ceremonies to be held shortly after midnight after judges said they would not hold up the first gay marriages in the state.

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Wedding planning frenzy begins as N.J. gay couples prepare to marry

| Saturday, October 19, 2013
April Saul, Philadelphia Inquirer/APFrom left: Leigh Nachod (only hands showing), Megan Nachod, Ed Cameron, Dennis Gaspari, Renai Hall and Rose Papa cheer after affirming their identity as they applied for same sex marriage licenses at the Cherry Hill, NJ  Municipal Building late Friday afternoon.
TRENTON, N.J. -- Activists are still working to line up judges who could waive the three-day waiting period for same-sex couples who want to exchange vows first thing Monday, when gay marriage will become legal in New Jersey.

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New Jersey, neighboring Pennsylvania spotlight same-sex marriage efforts

| Saturday, October 19, 2013
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania and New Jersey are on tracks that could lead to the Northeast being the first full region in the country to legalize same-sex marriage -- but the routes are hardly parallel and the horsepower anything but equal.

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Several N.J. cities extend hours to accept marriage license applications

| Friday, October 18, 2013
City Hall in Jersey City, N.J. is one of several offices statewide to extend hours to accept marriage licenses.
NEWARK, N.J. -- City halls in several New Jersey cities and towns are adding extra office hours over the weekend to accept marriage license applications now that same-sex marriage has been given the green light by the state's highest court.

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U.S. Senator-elect Cory Booker to officiate N.J. gay weddings

| Friday, October 18, 2013
Julio Cortez, APNewark Mayor Cory Booker talks to supporters during an election night victory party after winning a special election for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.
NEWARK, N.J. — U.S. Sen.-elect Cory Booker says he will officiate at weddings of both gay and heterosexual couples as the mayor of Newark now that New Jersey is allowing same-sex marriage.

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Christie: N.J. will comply with court order allowing same-sex marriages to begin

| Friday, October 18, 2013
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he disagrees with it, but he will comply with a state Supreme Court ruling that makes same-sex marriage legal in the state starting Monday.

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N.J. becomes #14 – State Supreme Court says gay weddings can begin Monday

| Friday, October 18, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. -- Same-sex marriages can begin within days in New Jersey after the state's highest court ruled unanimously Friday to uphold an order that they must start Monday and to deny a delay that had been sought by Gov. Chris Christie's administration.

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N.J. towns accept marriage applications, prepare for same-sex weddings

| Friday, October 18, 2013
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Several New Jersey towns were accepting applications for marriage licenses so gay couples can tie the knot starting Monday - unless the state Supreme Court blocks the nuptials before then.

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N.J. town begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Thursday, October 17, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. — At least one New Jersey town began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Thursday to comply with a court order to allow same-sex marriages starting Monday.

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