Couples wed, N.J. becomes 14th state to OK gay marriage
LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Gay couples exchanged vows in early morning ceremonies in several New Jersey communities Monday as the state began recognizing their marriages at 12:01 a.m., becoming the 14th state to do so.
The hastily planned first weddings to legally unite long-time couples were planned for a state Senator’s grand home in Elizabeth, the boardwalk in Asbury Park and government buildings in small towns and big cities.
In the arts community of Lambertville, Mayor David DelVecchio led the ceremony to marry Beth Asaro and Joanne Schailey. He also presided when they joined in a civil union the minute they became recognized in the state in February 2007.
Soon after they cut the cake, DelVecchio handed Asaro a pink marriage license.
The couple, both wearing suits, hosted a reception attended by friends, family and several politicians. The song “In the Mood” played. Read More