More Than 700 Same-Sex Couples Have Married in New Jersey Since October

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Marriage equality has only been legal in New Jersey since Oct. 21, but by Dec. 6,  the State Department of Health reports, 709 same-sex couples have either married or renewed their vows in the state. (That’s more than 100 a week!) AP breaks down that number, saying that 461 of those couples already had civil unions or domestic partnerships in New Jersey, and 30 were “married legally out-of-state renewing their vows.”


This is exciting news, though some advocates are calling for the need to write marriage equality into the state's law, afraid that a higher court could overturn the Superior Court's surprise move to legalize it in September. The Star-Ledger reports:

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday is scheduled to hear a new bill called the Marriage Equality Act, (S3109) which is a slightly modified version of a bill (S1) to legalize gay marriage that Republican Gov. Chris Christie vetoed in 2012.

The measure was posted for a committee vote late today. Sponsors said while they believe this is the best option, the debate isn’t over.

"This is the step we’re taking right now. This is a very fluid situation," said state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen). "It could change."

Stay tuned for any updates.