October 18th, 2013
09:01 AM ET
7 years 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
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  1. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Data
    Probably too soon for Booker,
    Really Data?
    I had made the same "too soon" argument about Barack Obama in early 2007 when he announced a candidacy. Then I started counting up the years. I came up with the next best window of opportunity another 16 years away.

    It seemed almost a given that another Republican would not win a general election in 2008. If Obama didn't run in 2008, then another Democrat was likely to win, and likely to be re-elected in 2012. Eight years have passed, and it is now 2016. I found it unlikely that the nation would elect a Democrat in 2016, simply because it is quite rare for a POTUS to serve two terms and then have another member of his party win the next election. I reasoned 2016 would go to a Republican, who would get re-elected in 2020, which carries us all the way out to 2024...... another 16 years later and he would be well into his 60s.

    Seeing how it is difficult to stay at the top of the headlines and public opinion for 16 years, during which time you can easily become type cast like a character actor, it was better for a young Illinois Senator to make a try in 2008 and lose, than to not try at all. At least if he lost, then he could have better name recognition moving forward than if he didn't run.

    A similar rationale can be used to understand why I repeatedly say that Hillary Clinton missed her best window of opportunity in 2008. It is almost a certainty that the right wing will make an issue out of age and health by the time 2016 gets here. Do you think Clinton will still be healthy and vibrant come 2024, which would be the end of two terms?

    October 18, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. smith

    @wake up people-ever heard of allen west, micheal steele, nikki haley, marco rubio, herman cain, ben carson, condi rice, etc. They all have 2 things in common they are not white and they are republicans.

    October 18, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. rs


    @wake up people-ever heard of allen west, micheal steele, nikki haley, marco rubio, herman cain, ben carson, condi rice, etc. They all have 2 things in common they are not white and they are republicans.
    Steel- banished from GOP
    Haley- Pretty savvy, a possible contender
    Rubio- A TP rube
    Cain- Crazy man with no chance
    Carson- -ditto
    Rice- Vey bright Cold War warrior that's about 40 years behind the times- and has no interest in public office

    So, what's you point the GOP has (had?) 6 member of color? So? Their members of Crazy far outnumber their diversity quotient.

    October 18, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    @DM4O, Rudy,

    It's funny: if Obama hadn't already "jumped early" from Senator to President, I'd feel a lot better about Booker's chances to do the same. But he'll get copycat grief if he tries to run. Of course, Christie and Ted Cruz will get no grief for unfinished terms, because It's Okay If You're Not A Black Democrat, apparently.

    Rudy, I agree that all Dems and/or liberals take the time to shop around. The last time Hill was inevitable, she got routed by a guy no one but political junkies had ever heard of. I would also ask prominent Dem leaders to put themselves forward. Let US decide, please - just like in 08.

    October 18, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC
    Do you think Clinton will still be healthy and vibrant come 2024, which would be the end of two terms?
    Hard to predict a person't future health as I'm sure you'll agree Rudy,
    reagan was 71 when he assumed the presidency for his first term. He was 79 at the end of his second term. Some say he was suffering from dementia somewhere long before his second term ended. I don't know.
    Hillary will be 69 in 2016. Assuming she wins and serves two terms tha'll put her at around the same age as Reagan at the end of her presidency.
    The advantage that Hillary has, however, that no other president has had, is that she's in a sense been there done that through her husband, Bill.
    She will come into the White House fully familiarized with its rigours, demands, and hectic schedules. She will have Bill there to help her navigate and guide her through a learning curve that all other presidents have had to go at alone,at least certainly without the added advantage of having had their spouse be and ex-president.
    Those advantages go a long way towards staving off some of the stress and anxiety of jumping into something with such a huge burden of responsibility as being POTUS.
    So I think, IMHO Rudy, that Hillary will be fine. She should excercise regularly, eat moderately, prioritize well, multi-task and laugh a lot. Oh and love.

    October 18, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    Thank you rs......

    Six or seven uncles that have been used and then cast aside. I didn't have the energy to post a comment that probably would have been zapped.

    October 18, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. smith

    @rs- the point is if the gop was so racist why didn`t they exclude these folks from their party.

    October 18, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Wake up People!

    You ever heard the word t o k e n?

    October 18, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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