Same-sex couples in a handful of New Jersey towns exchanged marriage vows early Monday after a court ruling forced the Garden State to legalize gay marriage.
The ceremonies joined couples that have been together for years, and in some cases decades, in hastily arranged ceremonies that remained in doubt until Friday.
That was when a unanimous N.J. Supreme Court rejected Gov. Chris Christie's administration's request to delay the implementation date of same-sex weddings.
Last month, a lower-court judge ruled that New Jersey must recognize gay marriages starting Monday, despite the opposition of Christie and others.
The Republican governor, a possible presidential candidate in the 2016 election, asked the state's top court to overturn that ruling pending an appeal.