October 18th, 2013
09:01 AM ET
6 months ago

Cory Booker to conduct same-sex marriages in New Jersey

Updated 10/18/2013 at 3:12pm

(CNN) - Senator-elect Cory Booker will move forward with his support of same-sex marriage, with plans to grant the marriages of several same-sex couples 12:01 a.m. Monday after a court ruling goes into effect.

The story was first reported by Buzzfeed. The New Jersey Democrat, who's the mayor of Newark, re-tweeted that article to his celebrity-sized Twitter crowd of 1.4 million followers.

According to Buzzfeed, Booker will recognize the weddings of at least 10 same-sex couples at Newark City Hall.

The weddings will come after a New Jersey judge ruled last month that the already legal civil unions in the state didn't go far enough because they prevented couples from getting federal benefits. In her ruling, the judge cited the June Supreme Court decision that overturned a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court, but on Friday the court refused to grant a stay. That means that the initial ruling allowing same-sex marriage is still valid and will go into effect Monday, hence the timing of the weddings Booker plans to grant.

The state Supreme Court is expected to hear further arguments in January.

Booker's political celebrity and high-profile fundraising helped the two-term mayor sail to a decisive victory in the special election this week to fill the rest of the term of Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.

– CNN's Bryan Koenig and Kevin Conlon contributed to this report.


Filed under: Cory Booker • New Jersey • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Jeff Frank (R-ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Special interest group, only one day after the shutdown.

    October 18, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. MaryM

    Marriage equality is a good thing.

    October 18, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "The weddings will come after a New Jersey judge ruled last month that the already legal civil unions in the state didn't go far enough because they prevented couples from getting federal benefits. "
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    I agree with the judge. Same-sex civil unions are supposed to be a "separate but equal" mechanism, but they're not equal and the whole concept of "separate but equal" was unconstitutional decades ago. I don't understand how the same-sex civil union laws ever got on the books, much less what took so long for them to be deemed unfair or unconstitutional.

    Make no mistake, though. While same-sex marriage is not me personally, I have no right to block someone else from doing so. Can you hear me, right wing conservatives? Let the couples pursue their own happiness.

    October 18, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. Data Driven

    @Jeff Frank,

    "Special interest group, only one day after the shutdown."

    Married people are a "special interest"? What does the shutdown have to do with it? Marriage ceremonies and licenses are the legal responsibility of individual states.

    What goes on in your guys' heads? Explain the thought processes. I suspect with enough prodding, we'll get down to the old-fashioned bigotry, won't we?

    Fun fact, fundamentalists: Jesus never mentions homosexuality once in the Gospels. So where are you getting your ideas about this subject? Ugly tribalism, which reviles anything that isn't just like you? Isn't that right? In any case, if you think homosexuality is disgusting, just say so - that's far more honest than griping that gay marriage is a "special interest". In New Jersey, now, it's a COMMON interest.

    October 18, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. sifto

    this is a non-issue–no one cares if gays get married–obama made it law..cnn is trying to stir up trouble...

    October 18, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. VotingBLKAmerican (yes were alive)

    Good, at least Mr. Booker is very progressive and just an over all good person. NJ will be proud of him, I know I am.

    October 18, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Larry in Houston

    equality or everyone – no matter what it is – that's Just one of the reasons why the republicans will lose the W.H. in 2016....They really need to drop the gay thing, the women's issues, and personal stuff. Otherwise, their in trouble. Truth is, they are in trouble anyway, especially after the debacle of the last 2 or 3 weeks.

    October 18, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Wake up People!

    I can tell you one thing Senator. You better be squeaky clean and STAY that way. They are going to be watching your every move. Nothing makes bigots happier than bringing down a powerful black man. A black man having ANY amount of power is a threat to them. Which is why white men and boys used to call black men, even the elderly ones, boy.

    Don't forget the treatment President Obama has received, and his mother was white.

    Watch your back dude. For real. And trust no one, especially Christie.

    October 18, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Data Driven

    @Wake Up,

    "They are going to be watching your every move. Nothing makes bigots happier than bringing down a powerful black man"

    I've watched over the past few months on this site how certain conservatives get rather crazed when any Booker article comes up. They seem particularly concerned that Booker will do whatever Obama tells him to. It's funny how that concerned isn't particularly addressed with other, white, even more liberal, congresscritters.

    Concerned conservatives are CONCERNED about Booker. Yeah, we got it, guys.

    October 18, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. rs

    Jeff Frank (R-ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Special interest group, only one day after the shutdown.
    _____________________
    It's called "Civil Rights", something the Right used to champion.

    October 18, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Wake up People!

    Exactly Data. I tried to respond to you to explain why I feel the way I do however I guess the mods don't care for the truth.
    2008 opened my eyes wider than they've ever been opened before.

    October 18, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. wendel

    Go Cory . Now if we could only get rid of some of the repo baggage in the congress. Wake up people the nut jobs are already threating to shut the government down again.

    October 18, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    We all know that Booker will be a far left welfare oriented Senator, who will support waste and corruption in government.

    October 18, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Malory Archer

    Mr. Moderate

    The founders knew how bad slavery was????

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Thomas Jefferson wrote several dissertations on the subject. Ironically, the tighty righties hate him and are trying to write him out of all those school history text books that are manufactured in texass.

    October 18, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Data Driven

    LOL, Wake Up, I replied back. Gone! This place is hilarious.

    CNN, let the liberals talk to each other. We get weary correcting conservatives all day.

    October 18, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. S. B. Stein

    I'd like to know where his support for Buono for governor is. It is all well as good that is supports same sex marriage, but is he doing what he can to unseat Christie who opposes this?

    October 18, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Malory Archer

    Rick McDaniel

    We all know that Booker will be a far left welfare oriented Senator, who will support waste and corruption in government.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not true – he's entirely against AFDC (Aid for Dependent Corporations) and will do everything in his power to help put the kibosh on that mess.

    October 18, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Wake Up

    I am applauding your comments today!

    October 18, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Data Driven

    @Malory Archer,

    "Thomas Jefferson wrote several dissertations on the subject. Ironically, the tighty righties hate him and are trying to write him out of all those school history text books that are manufactured in texass."

    Well, most conservatives don't like Jefferson. Libertarians do, because he, quite stupidly, thought we should never incur debt to run the country. Well, he WAS an idealist.

    October 18, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    I think Sen.-elect Booker is doing a good thing by marrying same-sex couples. It will give the right wing another moronic, myopic argument to make. If the Republicans say that they are conducting a makeover, then let's nudge them in the 'right' direction.

    October 18, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. TONE

    @Rick
    What will you say when Nancy Pelosi become speaker of the house when a few patriotic moderate Republican do what's best for the American people and defect, so that there will never be another Cruz shutdown/default.

    October 18, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Wake up and Data
    Following your conversation closely with the greatest of interest.
    Wake up you and I are definitely of one mind in regards to Booker making sure that all his i's are dotted and t's crossed. I do believe that his special "veting" has already started in certain "conservative" circles jsut in case the ticket reads Clinton/Corey 2015.
    Data, your Corey+Obama: Frenemies left me intrigued. Care to explain that one as these two have been friends for quite sometime?
    I would've thought that Corey+Christie: Frenemies?

    October 18, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    S. B. Stein

    I'd like to know where his support for Buono for governor is. It is all well as good that is supports same sex marriage, but is he doing what he can to unseat Christie who opposes this?
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    I agree, 100%. He should be campaigning for Buono. Gov. Christie's first year in office was a disaster for the NJ economy, education, the middle class, the poor and seniors. The only good thing he's done is thank Pres. Obama for Sandy relief.

    October 18, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Correction, that should've been: Clinton/Booker 2016.

    October 18, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota

    @Wake Up

    I am applauding your comments today
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    I'm enjoying them myself.

    October 18, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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