LAMBERTVILLE - The first of New Jersey's gay marriages are scheduled to be performed in around two weeks unless state courts side with Gov. Chris Christie's decision to ban the practice.

Christie is fighting a recent court ruling permitting gay marriage across the state. On Friday, he filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court. The court agreed to hear the case.

In Lambertville, Mayor Dave Del Vecchio says he is prepared to perform as many marriages as he's asked. The city in Hunterdon County is home to one of largest gay populations in the state. The local banquet hall has even expanded in anticipation of the ruling.

Christie openly opposes same-sex marriage, but says any change in the law must be made by voter referendum, not by the courts or state Legislature.