(NEWSER) – Same-sex marriage became legal today in New Jersey and Senator-elect Cory Booker didn't waste any time in getting things rolling. The Newark mayor married nine couples—two of them heterosexual—just after the clock struck midnight, reports the Star-Ledger. But as he was marrying the first couple, a protester screamed, "This is unlawful in the eyes of God and Jesus Christ" when Booker asked if there were any objections. As police removed the man, the crowd cheered when Booker said he was "not hearing any substantive and worthy objections."
The ceremonies marked the first time Booker has presided over weddings as mayor. "I wasn't going to marry anybody, if I couldn't marry everybody," he said afterward. Ceremonies—quickly planned after the state Supreme Court's decision on Friday to allow marriages to begin today—took place in several other communities across the state, although some towns have refused to grant licenses to same-sex couples, the AP reports. Gov. Chris Christie has appealed the ruling that made the state the 14th to allow same-sex marriage and there is expected to be a rush of weddings in the days ahead.
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