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In response to the news that some mayors have now started issuing marriage license applications to same-sex couples in New Jersey, Lambda Legal Deputy Legal Director Hayley Gorenberg, who is the organzation's lead attorney on the marriage equality lawsuit, said the following:
Same-sex couples in New Jersey are very excited because they have been waiting so long for the freedom to marry. The decision issued by the Superior Court states that effective October 21, 2013, New Jersey officials 'shall permit any and all same-sex couples, who otherwise satisfy the requirements to enter into a civil marriage, to marry in New Jersey.' Unless we hear otherwise from the New Jersey Supreme Court, this ruling is in effect. We understand that mayors and other municipal officials are eager to open their doors and make it possible for same-sex couples to marry as soon as the law permits.
On September 27, the Court ordered: "Effective October 21, 2013, Defendants, or such officials of the State of New Jersey as are empowered to do so, shall permit any and all same-sex couples, who otherwise satisfy the requirements to enter into a civil marriage, to marry in New Jersey."