New Jersey same-sex marriages begin

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Two Lambertville, N.J., women on Monday became the first same-sex couple to marry in New Jersey. Lambertville City Councilwoman Beth Asaro and Joanne Schailey, who in 2007 became the first same-sex couple to take advantage of New Jersey’s civil unions law, exchanged vows during a brief ceremony that Lambertville Mayor David DelVecchio officiated at midnight.

Louise Walpin and Marsha Shapiro of Monmouth Junction, who filed a lawsuit seeking marriage rights in 2011 on which Jacobson ruled, exchanged vows at the home of state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) shortly after midnight. Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) was expected to walk the two women down the aisle. And Steven Goldstein, founder of Garden State Equality, an LGBT rights group, read a Jewish blessing.


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