New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) said he has advised Acting Attorney General John Hoffman to withdraw the state’s appeal to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage, according to Bloomberg.
Christie has garnered criticism for his stance against a lower court ruling that allowed same-sex marriage in the state. Many claim Christie stood firm against gay marriage with an eye towards winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Before that, however, Christie is up for reelection in November.
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Friday to allow gay marriages to proceed while the appeal is still being considered, and same-sex couples began getting married shortly after midnight Monday.
The decision is considered a strong indicator of how the court will rule down the line.
The governor’s office issued a statement Monday that Christie “will do his constitutional duty and ensure his Administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”
New Jersey is now the fourteenth state to recognize same-sex marriage.
Mayor of Newark and newly elected Senator Corey Booker began marrying couples in Newark on Monday. Someone interrupted one of the ceremonies claiming, “This is unlawful in the eyes of God and Jesus Christ.”
Police removed the protester and Booker continued, “... not hearing any substantive and worthy objections.”