Couples celebrate same-sex marriage decision in Montclair

Supporters gathered on the same Montclair lawn last month to praise a court decision that essentially paved the way for same-sex marriage in New Jersey.

Supporters gathered on the same Montclair lawn last month to praise a court decision that essentially paved the way for same-sex marriage in New Jersey. (10/18/13)

MONTCLAIR - Marriage equality advocates joined Garden State Equality in celebrating another victory Friday, but opponents say the fight is not over.

Supporters gathered on the same Montclair lawn last month to praise a court decision that essentially paved the way for same-sex marriage in New Jersey.

On Friday, the New Jersey Supreme Court shot down a stay on same-sex marriages pending an appeal by Gov. Chris Christie's administration.

Louise Walpin and Marcia Shapiro say the decision is monumental. "This wasn't a few judges," says Walpin. "This says that they felt even one more day of not letting us marry is harmful."

Same sex marriage opponent John Tomicki says he wants the public, not judges, to decide. "It's a very dangerous turn and we would still say there is some hope," he says. "Thirty-five states in the nation have either through constitutional amendment or statute said marriage should be respected as a union of one man and one woman."

Couples say they are looking forward to getting married beginning Monday at 12:01 a.m.
 

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