EDISON - Some government offices added extra hours today to accommodate same-sex couples applying for marriage licenses after a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling turned down Gov. Chris Christie’s request for a stay.

John Jones and Steve Kaunelis were just one of the same-sex couples that showed up at the clerk's office in Jersey City to take the final step before they can become married starting Monday at 12:01 a.m.

“Managing a relationship is a 24-hour-a-day job and you have to work at it every day,” said Kaunelis. “Whether you're straight or gay, it's just nice to have it recognized.”

Gov. Christie tried to have the same-sex marriage law delayed to no avail. His office released a statement today instructing the Department of Health to cooperate with all municipalities in effectuating the order of the Superior Court under the applicable law.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop plans to officiate a same-sex marriage at City Hall at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.