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Same-sex marriages begin in New Jersey

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 01:08

Oct. 21 - Couples line up to get married at the stroke of midnight as New Jersey formally recognizes same-sex marriage. Linda So reports.

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A large crowd gathered at City Hall in Newark, New Jersey to witness the first same-sex couples to legally marry in the state. This couple waited 15 years to officially tie the knot. SOUNDBITE: ORVILLE BELL, JUST MARRIED, SAYING: "It was important for us not to escape New Jersey to be married but to simply stay here and fight for the right that is due us." Newark Mayor Cory Booker officiated the weddings. But the night of celebrations wasn't without protest. SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTOR, SAYING: "This is unlawful in the sight of God." New Jersey is the 14th state to legalize same-sex marriage. But the fight isn't completely over. Governor Chris Christie has appealed the court's decision. The state Supreme Court will hear his case in January. Despite the ongoing legal battle, same-sex couples say they're just happy to finally get married. SOUNDBITE: LOUISE WALPIN, JUST MARRIED, SAYING: "We're thrilled thrilled for ourselves to be able to get married and we're thrilled for the next generation." Twelve couples tied the knot during the midnight ceremony at City Hall.

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Same-sex marriages begin in New Jersey

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 01:08