New Jersey

Nearly 4,000 same-sex couples marry in N.J. in first year of marriage equality

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Newark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, shares a laugh as he officiates the first same-sex marriage for Joesph Panessidi, center right, 65, and Orville Bell, 65, in Newark City hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. LGBTQ Nation

Mel Evans, APNewark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, shares a laugh as he officiates the first same-sex marriage for Joesph Panessidi, center right, 65, and Orville Bell, 65, in Newark City hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

Mel Evans, AP
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (then mayor of Newark, N.J.), right, shares a laugh as he officiates the first same-sex marriage for Joesph Panessidi, center right, 65, and Orville Bell, 65, in Newark City hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

NEWARK, N.J. — Nearly 4,000 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples in New Jersey since the state Supreme Court cleared the way for gay marriages one year ago.

Monmouth County has issued the most same-sex marriage licenses with about 406. That was followed by Essex and Camden counties.

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The total number does not include licenses of couples who married outside of the state before the ruling.

The state’s highest court last October refused to grant a stay that would have delayed implementation of a lower-court ruling that the state must recognize gay marriages. The weddings began three days later.

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberty Union (http://bit.ly/1wsr0sl ) has released an interactive digital map which shows where the marriages have taken place.

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