The Brigantine City Clerk’s office just issued six marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This is in the very first week that New Jersey approved same-sex marriages. According to a report in the Beachcomber news, City Clerk Lynn Sweeney says that three same-sex couples have already gotten married in Brigantine.
“This is a historical time in New Jersey – one that we have been waiting for a long time,” said Sweeney. “In all the years that myself and the deputy registrar [Ann Adams] have worked for the City of Brigantine, it was the most rewarding day we have ever had.”
With New Jersey now allowing gays to wed, local mayors must decide (according to law) whether to marry all or none. NJ State law prohibits those who perform marriages from discriminating against same-sex couples looking to be married. Local officials can also choose to officiate for no marriages at all.
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