Governor Chris Christie announced Monday morning that he will drop his challenge to a state Supreme Court decision permitting same-sex marriage, effectively making New Jersey the 14th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Christie noted that he disagreed with the decision made by the Court but acknowledged that it “left no ambiguity,” The New York Times reported. Christie had sought a stay to prevent the marriages from taking place, but his petition was denied and his administration has announced it will not continue to challenge the ruling.
The ruling went into effect just after midnight on Monday, when same-sex couples across the state held weddings at promptly 12:01 a.m., The New York Times reported. In the town of Princeton, Mayor Liz Lempert announced on her Facebook page that she would be authorized to officiate same-sex marriages starting Monday.