Booker To Wed Same-Sex Couples Before Taking Senate Seat

The Newark mayor and potential 2016 presidential hopeful plans to officiate weddings for same-sex couples starting Monday

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Updated 8:15 p.m.

Newly-elected to the U.S. Senate, Cory Booker is using his last days as Newark mayor as a chance to curry favor with the Democratic base by officiating weddings for same-sex couples. Shortly after a state Supreme Court ruling Friday paved the way for such unions, Booker’s office said he would begin marrying same-sex couples at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, the first moment they are allowed.

For more than seven years, Mayor Booker has refused all requests to officiate New Jersey marriages because gay couples have been denied that equal right,” spokesman James Allen said. “After today’s wonderful news, Mayor Booker is excited to marry both straight and gay couples in City Hall on Monday morning beginning at 12:01 a.m.

Buzzfeed first reported Friday that Booker planned to begin overseeing the ceremonies right at the deadline by which a New Jersey judge had recently ruled the state must allow same-sex marriage.

“As a passionate advocate for marriage equality, Mayor Booker has long hoped to be able to marry same-sex couples in Newark City Hall,” Allen told TIME earlier Friday. “The city is currently ironing out some legal issues before determining the appropriate next steps.”

The state Supreme Court ruling took care of those issues, by denying Gov. Chris Christie’s request to stay the lower court’s ruling while his administration appeals it.

At least 10 couples and their families were already moving forward with early-morning wedding plans, according to Buzzfeed.

Booker, who won a special election for Senate on Tuesday and will take office in Washington later this year, is often mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. If he decided to launch a campaign, presiding over same-sex marriages at the first moment possible could prove a potent visual in a Democratic primary.

11 comments
jamesgordon
jamesgordon

George H.W. Bush was an official witness to a same-sex marriage this past weekend in Maine, a spokesman for the former president told CNN.

Bush and his wife attended the wedding of two friends, Helen Thorgalsen and Bonnie Clement, as private citizens, said spokesman Jim McGrath.   Every body is  doing  it .

MarkCohen
MarkCohen

I'm not sure why you call it currying favor if he refused previoulsy to officiate under the old regime for seven years. Sounds pretty consistent and principled to me.

notsacredh
notsacredh

"Newly-elected to the U.S. Senate, Cory Booker is using his last days as Newark mayor as a chance to curry favor with the Democratic base by officiating weddings for same-sex couples."

This does a disservice to Booker. Isn't it just as possible that this is an issue that Booker feels strongly about and performing the ceremonies is a celebration of a wrong that has been corrected? If a devout candidate attended the opening of a new church, would they just be currying favor with the religious base instead of actually practicing their faith?

rpearlston
rpearlston

Thank you, Cory Booker, for being steadfast in your belief in equality and on acting on that belief with integrity.  

eagle11772
eagle11772

A gay Senator marrying gay couples ? !  WOO-hOO ! :)

rpearlston
rpearlston

@eagle11772 Casting aspersions again?  Unless you have real, honest-to-goodness PROOF of Cory Booker's sexuality, you are libeling him.  Is that lawsuit really one that you want to face?

eagle11772
eagle11772

@rpearlston  1. Calling someone gay is not libel.  Not anymore libelous than calling someone a Catholic which is far worse than being gay.  The courts ruled this is so a long time ago.  2.  I believe he said he was gay to the media just a few days ago.  3.  So what if he's gay ?

rpearlston
rpearlston

@eagle11772 @rpearlston Now you're spouting crap.  I understood that you are happy about this, as am I.  No one needs to be LGB or T to be happy about this one.

But, THAT WAS NOT MY POINT.  And for you to be saying otherwise is completely uninformed, outrageous and discriminatory.  Any further such replies will be met not by myself, but by the staff of this publication, after I have complained about your continued abuse.

eagle11772
eagle11772

@rpearlston STEP AWAY FROM THE KEYBOARD AND PUT YOUR STRAITJACKET BACK ON !  I said "WOO-HOO ! :)" which means I am happy he will do this.  I'm a gay activist, been totally out for over 35 years, and there is no bigger support of Marriage Equality than myself.  YOU are a loony !  STEP AWAY FROM THE KEYBOARD, PLEASE !

rpearlston
rpearlston

@eagle11772 @rpearlston Is it still not libelous when used as an aspersion?  That is the manner in which you aid it, and that's why I called you on it.

I was raised to believe that everyone is equal under the law and under any and every moral code worth it's salt.  I agree - so what if he is or isn't gay, straight, or black. white, yellow, brown, or as my father always said, purple with pink polka dots and green stripes.

jamesgordon
jamesgordon

@eagle11772 @rpearlston  Please  call me  anything ,but don't call me a  catholic  or  a  mormon ,  after  seeing  the  last  election ,I  fear  their  evil .