(NBC NEWS) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday he is abandoning the legal challenge to same-sex marriage, saying last week's court decision giving gays and lesbians the right to wed "left no ambiguity."
Even before Christie dropped his administration's appeal, couples were tying the knot, with Senator-elect Cory Booker officiating at seven weddings.
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"It is officially past midnight, marriage is now equal in New Jersey," Booker said to applause and cheers.