MAPLEWOOD - In New York, John Westfall-Kwong and Simon Westfall-Kwong are considered married. They exchanged vows in the Empire State this weekend.

Once the couple crosses into New Jersey, they are not considered married, but rather a part of a civil union. The men decided it was better to be married somewhere, than not be married at all.

Simon tells News 12 New Jersey that the couple has been together for 17 years and wanted to give their children protection in case something happened to him or his partner.

Activists rallied Sunday in Hoboken, demanding the Garden State be next to embrace marriage equality. If New Jersey does change its law, through the lawsuit or the legislature, the Westfall-Kwongs won't have to get married again. The vows they exchanged in New York will then be valid in New Jersey.