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NJ offices add hours for marriage sign up

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - City halls in several New Jersey cities and towns are adding extra office hours today to accept marriage license applications for same-sex couples.

The state's highest court says the marriages can start Monday. Jersey City, Hoboken, and Asbury Park clerk's offices will be open today.

Gov. Chris Christie says he disagrees with the state Supreme Court ruling to recognize same-sex marriages in the state, but he will comply with the decision. He says the people, rather than the courts, should have been the ones to decide the issue.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen.-elect Cory Booker says he will officiate at weddings of both gay and heterosexual couples as the mayor of Newark. Booker was elected this week to the Senate and has been a strong supporter of gay rights.
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Some local New Jersey government offices will be open for business today accepting marriage license applications from same-sex couples.

The state Supreme Court yesterday refused to delay a lower-court order for the state to recognize same-sex marriages starting Monday. Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who opposes the practice, says he's not happy but the state will comply.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak says in a statement that the governor "firmly believes that this determination should be made by all the people of the state of New Jersey."

But he says the state Health Department will help towns carry out the ruling.

Same sex couples, meanwhile, have been scrambling to be among the first to tie the knot on Monday. A number of political figures say they'll participate in ceremonies.

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