By, Heather Warner
It marks the end of a long fight in New Jersey. At 12:01 a.m. Monday, gay couples began exchanging vows, as the state formally recognizes their marriages.
New Jersey is the 14th state to clear the way for same sex marriages, leaving Pennsylvania the only state in the Northeast to not legally the marriages.
This all comes after the New Jersey Supreme Court denied the state’s request to temporarily prevent same sex marriages on Friday. It was only about two weeks earlier, on September 27th that the lower court ordered the state must allow same sex couples to marry beginning October 21st, rather than give them the label of “civil union.”