New Jersey celebrates same-sex marriage ruling

New Jersey residents celebrate the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling.

New Jersey residents celebrate the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. (6/26/15)

MAPLEWOOD - Same-sex couples and their supporters celebrated across New Jersey after the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage should be legal across the United States.

One of the biggest rallies in favor of that decision was held in Maplewood, where hundreds of people came out to celebrate, even though same-sex marriage has been allowed in New Jersey since 2013.

"Getting it in New Jersey was a steppingstone to having it in the nation," says Louise Walpin, along with her wife Marth Shapiro. "Now every LGBT couple in the U.S. has the same rights."

New Jersey was among 36 states and the District of Columbia where same-sex couples could already marry. That decision was made in late 2013. The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states will not be able to restrict same-sex marriage.

However, not all New Jersey residents agree with the decision. John Tomicki, of the New Jersey Coalition to Preserve and Protect Families, says the ruling will infringe on religious rights.

"We are now suffering from a tribunal tyranny," he says.

Tomicki also says the ruling could spur more "religious freedom laws."

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