New Jersey – Nine couples – including seven engaged in a relationship that the Torah calls toeivah – walked down the marble staircase at City Hall to be married by Newark Mayor Cory Booker early today.
“It is officially past midnight, marriage is equal in New Jersey,” Booker told the crowd to kick off the ceremony.
Booker, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last week, called for one person who began protesting to be removed and police dragged him out.
Booker opened the separate ceremonies by talking about marriage as “a lifetime bond” that required serious consideration.
Today’s marriage ceremonies marked the first time Booker has officiated weddings as mayor.
“I wasn’t going to marry anybody, if I couldn’t marry everybody,” he said in an interview afterwards.