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Christie ends gay marriage fight as couples wed

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Newark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, officiates the ceremony for the same-sex marriage of Liz Salerno, left, 38, and Gabriela Celeiro, 34, center, at Newark City Hall just after midnight Monday.

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David Gibson, right, and Richard Kiamco of Jersey City make history as they become the first official same-sex couple to be married in Jersey City in a ceremony officiated by Mayor Steve Fulop at 12:01 a.m. Monday at City Hall. Seven other gay couples also participated in the ceremony.

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Beth Asaro, left, and Joanne Schailey share a moment with their daughter Kate, 13, after they exchanged vows to become the first same-sex marriage in Lambertville, New Jersey history at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Asaro and Schailey hold the distinction of being the first couple to enter into a civil union in the state, when that law took effect in 2007.

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Gov. Chris Christie dropped his legal challenge to same-sex marriages on Monday, removing the possibility that the vows of couples who began getting married hours earlier could be undone by a court. New Jersey became the 14th state to allow gay marriages Monday.
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    • Newark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, officiates the ceremony for the same-sex marriage of Liz Salerno, left, 38, and Gabriela Celeiro, 34, center, at Newark City Hall just after midnight Monday.
    • David Gibson, right, and Richard Kiamco of Jersey City make history as they become the first official same-sex couple to be married in Jersey City in a ceremony officiated by Mayor Steve Fulop at 12:01 a.m. Monday at City Hall. Seven other gay couples also participated in the ceremony.
    • Beth Asaro, left, and Joanne Schailey share a moment with their daughter Kate, 13, after they exchanged vows to become the first same-sex marriage in Lambertville, New Jersey history at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Asaro and Schailey hold the distinction of being the first couple to enter into a civil union in the state, when that law took effect in 2007.
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