MONTCLAIR - Garden State Equality celebrated a judge's Thursday ruling that same-sex marriages in the Garden State can start next month.

The ruling was brought on by Louise Walpin and Marsha Shapiro, partners for 24 years who had hoped to legally tie the knot. "This is a dream come true," said Walpin.

New Jersey has recognized civil unions since 2007, but had yet to recognize same-sex marriages. The Garden State joins 13 other states that have already legalized gay marriage.

Opponents of same-sex marriage say the ruling will open the floodgates to marriages far outside societal norms.