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Christie backs down on same-sex marriages

Glenn Townes | 10/24/2013, 5:38 p.m.

Rarely one to back down from a fight, on Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday officially withdrew his request for an injunction against a court ruling that allows same-sex marriages across New Jersey, administration officials announced in Trenton.

The governor had asked a state Supreme Court to postpone gay marriages until after the court reviewed the appeal.

However, after receiving sharp criticism from proponents of the ruling and a growing level of dissatisfaction from constituents, the Christie administration released a statement that read in part, “Although the governor strongly disagrees with the court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution. Same-sex marriage is the law.”

Many politicos across the state said Christie acquiesced and dismissed his appeal in large part in response to the impending gubernatorial elections and statewide disapproval of his stance against gay marriages.

“He was afraid that by continuing to fight and delay same-sex marriages, that the decision would jeopardize his chances of being re-elected in November,” said Barbara Buono, Christie’s Democratic opponent in the governor’s race. “It’s about time, and same-sex marriages should have been law here a long time ago!” Buono still trails Christie by various state polls by between 15 to 20 points.

As of Tuesday afternoon, dozens of same-sex marriage couples were married across the Garden State. Newark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker officiated several ceremonies at the Newark City Hall Rotunda on Monday, and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop presided over several nuptials as well.

“Jersey City has one of the largest LGBT communities in the state, and this is a great time for a lot of people,” said Fulop.