New Jersey – Booker will be helping the toeivah movement.
Newly-elected to the U.S. Senate, Cory Booker is using his last days as Newark mayor as a chance to curry favor with the Democratic base by officiating weddings for same-gender couples. Shortly after a state Supreme Court ruling Friday paved the way for such unions, Booker’s office said he would begin marrying same-gender couples at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, the first moment they are allowed.
For more than seven years, Mayor Booker has refused all requests to officiate New Jersey marriages because same-gender couples have been denied that equal right,” spokesman James Allen said. “After today’s wonderful news, Mayor Booker is excited to marry both [regular] and [same gender] couples in City Hall on Monday morning beginning at 12:01 a.m.
Buzzfeed first reported Friday that Booker planned to begin overseeing the ceremonies right at the deadline by which a New Jersey judge had recently ruled the state must allow same-gender marriage.
“As a passionate advocate for marriage equality, Mayor Booker has long hoped to be able to marry same-[gender] couples in Newark City Hall,” Allen told TIME earlier Friday. “The city is currently ironing out some legal issues before determining the appropriate next steps.”
The state Supreme Court ruling took care of those issues, by denying Gov. Chris Christie’s request to stay the lower court’s ruling while his administration appeals it.
Booker, who won a special election for Senate on Tuesday and will take office in Washington later this year, is often mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. If he decided to launch a campaign, presiding over same-gender marriages at the first moment possible could prove a potent visual in a Democratic primary.
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