Mayor of Lambertville wants to perform the first marriage ceremony in New Jersey
Oct 03, 2013 at 08:00 am
This week, residents all across New Jersey expressed excitement about a ruling from the New Jersey Superior Court that ruled that the freedom to marry must be extended to same-sex couples in the state. The ruling has been appealed by Gov. Christie, but it has brought renewed urgency to the campaign to win marriage in New Jersey, and supporters across the state have rallied behind New Jersey United for Marriage to work toward a legislative victory.
One of those supporters is David DelVecchio, Mayor of Lambertville, NJ. He said that if there is not a stay on the ruling, which declares that marriages for same-sex couples should begin on October 21, 2013, he wants to perform the first marriage for a same-sex couple. He said, "This is just a continuation of the first civil union. If a stay is not granted on the 21st, we’re going to move forward with this."
Mayor DelVecchio performed one of the first civil union ceremonies for a same-sex couple in New Jersey back in 2007. He joined together Joanne Schailey and Beth Asaro in Lambertville, NJ at midnight on Monday, February 23, 2007, when the law took effect.
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