Civil marriages for same-sex couples in New Jersey became legal this morning at 1201AM. Newark Mayor and United States Senator-Elect Cory Booker has previously refused to officiate marriage ceremonies until "all people have the legal right to marry" in New Jersey. Booker's position changed with the new law this morning and he officiated his first wedding ceremony as mayor ... which was interrupted by a heckler.
Booker was officiating the marriage of Orville Bell (right) and Joseph Panessidi, a Newark couple who has been together for 15 years. "If there's anyone present here today that should know of any reason why Joseph and Orville should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace," said the mayor.
"This is unlawful in the eyes of God!" shouted a heckler.
Booker ordered the heckler removed . "Not hearing any substantive or worthy objections, I now will proceed!" said Booker to much cheers and applause.
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