News & Notes: Christie drops challenge to court ruling, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in NJ
Governor Chris Christie announcedMondaymorning that he will drop his challenge to a state Supreme Court decision permitting same-sex marriage, effectively making New Jersey the 14th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Christie noted that he disagreed with the decision made by the Court but acknowledged that it "left no ambiguity,"The New York Times reported. Christie had sought a stay to prevent the marriages from taking place, but his petition was denied and his administration has announced it will not continue to challenge the ruling.
The ruling went into effect just aftermidnight on Monday, when same-sex couples across the state held weddings at promptly12:01 a.m.,The New York Times reported. In the town of Princeton, Mayor Liz Lempertannounced on her Facebook pagethat she would be authorized to officiate same-sex marriages startingMonday.