Say what you will about newly minted US Senator Cory Booker, you won’t have to sit around wondering where he stands or how he will vote on various issues of the day. One of these has come into immediate focus and been the subject of early speculation about his future plans. The New Jersey Supreme Court moved to uphold the launch of gay marriages this weekend, refusing to grant a stay requested by the Governor. That cleared the way for the nuptials to begin at midnight, and Senator Elect Booker will be deep in the thick of it.
Before Senator-elect Cory Booker comes to Washington, he plans to start the ball rolling on marriage equality in New Jersey by marrying several same-sex couples at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, BuzzFeed has learned.
Multiple advocates in New Jersey confirmed that the Newark mayor who just won election to the Senate on Wednesday plans to conduct weddings in the first floor rotunda of Newark City Hall after the clock strikes midnight.
For most politicians with national aspirations, there might be a bit of a difference between saying you’d consider supporting gay marriage and actually voting for it. But it’s another step even beyond there to rush out one minute after the starting gun and start performing them yourself. Sadly for some of his fans, however, not everyone found it to be such smooth sailing to the alter.
Advocates and others are claiming that the state of New Jersey did not give ample instructions to town clerks and others on how to administer marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Same-sex marriages were scheduled to begin Monday at 12:01 a.m. The New Jersey Supreme Court last week refused to delay a lower court order for the state to start recognizing marriages. The case, however, is still on appeal.
Several couples planned to marry minutes after the state began recognizing the unions. Yet other said they had not been able to get a license. New Jersey law requires that couples wait three days between obtaining a license and getting married.
“There’s a lot of mass confusion and it boils down to the fact that the state should have issued guidance a week ago,” said Troy Stevenson, executive director of Garden State Equality.
No word yet on whether or not Booker will go ahead and marry anyone without a license and the rest of the required documentation. But once he gets settled in to his seat in the Senate, there will be little doubt where he stands on the matter should the question rise to the federal level. And even less question if this same mayor with essentially no other experience on his resume rises to the Executive Branch. (What… did you think I was kidding?)