October 21st, 2013
02:01 AM ET

Same-sex marriages start in New Jersey

Marsha Shapiro and Louise Walpin married each other for the third time early Monday. But this time, it was especially memorable: They were among the first to tie the knot after same-sex marriage became legal in New Jersey.

A rabbi first "married" the couple in 1992 in a Jewish ceremony. They married a second time in New York in August 2012 after same-sex marriage became legal there.

The third time was just after midnight Thursday in the Garden State. The couple helped pave the way there through a 2011 lawsuit that brought about the change. New Jersey now becomes the 14th state to recognize gay marriages.


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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ¬©‚ĄĘ

    Congratulations to Ms. Shapiro, Ms. Walpin, and the entire state of New Jersey.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mirosal

    14 down, 36 to go .... now to get the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the ban natinwide, as it is nothing but pure discrimination against a select group of people. My home state's motto is "Equality Before the Law" .. equality my foot... it's one of the 35 with written bans on gay marriage. I'm a straight man and it's not fair to otherwise legally consenting adults who wish to eneter into a civil contract, which is ALL that marriage is.... no religious overtones needed AT ALL to get married.

    October 21, 2013 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I agree. GM hurts nobody...and benefits the couple enormously.
      Good luck with Nebraska ever getting on board. Also, you're a guy? Were you posting here the other day? Rupert will be crushed to know you're a man.

      October 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      I don't know banasy, Rupert may have a different persuasion as well.

      October 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I don't know, either, Rawr, but I think the lady rupert was making fun of spelled her name Marisol, not Mirosal.
      And Mirosal said he was a man; I have seen this name before on other blogs.

      October 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      you are misinformed to believe homosexuality is a happy healthy lifestyle...that nothing GAY about being gay...gay marriages does hurts society...

      October 21, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      "gay marriages" aren't marriages they are really a form of co-habitation

      October 21, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Yep. Same as hetero marriages. Co-habitation. Not really marriages at all. Right.

      October 21, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      So are a lot of the "church" sanctioned marriages Rascal.

      October 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Same as opposite gender marriage. Right. Co-habitation.

      October 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      nope not the same...y'all like to adulterate the truth with mislabeling in attempt to create "realities" that trully don't exist...if that's possible...I want pink clouds in the morning with my coffee...and by the way banasy,
      co-habitation is the unmarried shackinup...this gay thingy thing is an
      unmarried state, iow, marriage is not a possible reality

      October 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Do please share with us the way gay marriage hurts society, and more importantly, impacts your life personally, RR. And by the way, RR, legally married gay people are exactly the same as legally married straight couples. No. Difference.

      October 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      "nope not the same‚Ķy‚Äôall like to adulterate the truth with mislabeling in attempt to create ‚Äúrealities‚ÄĚ that trully don‚Äôt exist‚Ķif that‚Äôs possible‚Ķ" No. Other people's marriages do not impact me at all. What do I care if someone from NJ gets married, gay or straight? Why do YOU?
      It's THEIR choice, and just like Mathew 7 says, it is not up to me to judge.

      October 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. vikingwoman

    I'm thrilled w/these baby steps toward all inclusive equality! I just think we should be taking big strides at this point! Pretty sure my state will be among the last to get w/the program! Just hope I get to witness it in my lifetime & I have about 50yrs to go!! LOL!

    October 21, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    They do this? Then I should be able to buy a fully automatic machine gun with nobodys approval and be able to legally sign propery in my dogs name.

    October 21, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Talk about apples and oranges. You can always lobby Congress to repeal the 1934 National Firearms Act. That's how these people achieved equality; by fighting against the rules in a legal manner.
      As for your dog, when your dog can start making his wishes known via language, and understand its duties of being a landowner, perhaps you'll be able to. And clean up its own droppings, don'tcha know.

      October 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Wow @ Jeff, your dog is able to pay property taxes? What kinda dog do you have anyway?

    October 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      Just kidding about dog owned property. Actually we have 2 dogs. One is a Peekapoo (1/2 Peekanese; 1/2 Poodle). The other is a Yorkie (Yorkshire Terrier). And oh yeah...1 old cat (tuxedo).

      October 21, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Lmao @ banasy, i was just thinking that very same thing! The only good thing that comes from marriage is having children anyway!

    October 21, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      And we all know that one doesn't need to be married to achieve that, Chrissy, lol.......I always have to wonder why all people wouldn't want equality for all citizens? Seems a tad bit odd.

      October 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I'm fairly sure your approval isn't needed for anyone to get married in these SECULAR U.S. Also, chapter and verse where Jesus said anything at all about gay people. I'll wait.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Who is to say what's moral ? One may find disgust in one thing and delight in something that someone else finds disgusting. So everyone has that choice to make. What damage does it do for something different to blossom ? It is not our place to rule to others. You know, Judge not and all that.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      This comment was meant for RR

      October 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I find the morality issue to be a non-sequiter, being as being gay isn't a conscious choice. Being intolerant of other people who feel differently than others is. One can worship God without infringing on other people's dignity. It's done all the time.

      October 21, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Abortion? Left field, anyone?
      What does abortion have to do with gay marriage? Other than the fact that gay couples tend to adopt unwanted children, not abort them.

      October 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    I do have to say my marriage did get better over the years. After the first few years we got twin beds. Then a cpl years later we got seperate rooms and it was great. Then a few more years seperate houses and it was awesome. Then it became perfect when we had different cities! Lmao

    October 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Ah, Chrissy, you crack me up. You remind me of a time when married couples portrayed on TV always had separate twin beds, a là The Lucy Show.

      October 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Lol thx @ banasy. And i would say marriage is for the birds but even they don't seem too interested in it as ive yet to hear of any of them taking that plunge! Hey.....maybe thats why they say they are taking the plunge and gettin married huh? Cuz it should be flushed lol.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Lol, a lot of birds and animals mate for life in nature. No word of Birdzillas, though.

      October 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dazzle ©

    Comment blocked but hello all.

    October 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rascal Rabble

    banasy, for the record...marriage is not ecclesial matter either...i don't know what the state is "sanctioning" but it is definitely NOT marriage...it would be interesting to know exactly what god that jewish rabbi was calling upon to join two lesbians...i know for sure that rabbi wasn't calling the god of abraham, issac and jacob...if he did he does not understand the torah and his bar miztvah was a flop!

    October 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    For the record, the Jewish rabbi pronounced them married. Whether you approve or not is wholly moot. And for the record, marriage is a contract between two consenting adults. Try to have a church ceremony without a state license. You would not be legally married. And quite frankly, because you find it icky is not a valid reason to deny citizens the right to marry.

    October 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Still waiting on the chapter and verse where Jesus said anything about gays. And I am talking from a purely secular point, which you are conveniently ignoring. Because the US is a secular nation, not a theocracy.

    October 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      liar liar catch on fire...we are one nation under god...and it's citizens have inalienable rights...our currency states in god we trust!

      October 21, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      and our premise of our laws are the 10 commandments...founding fathers were ministers and religious...they believed in god...why else can't you marry your first cousin, brother, sister, father, your dog your cat, etc? good ole fashion christian moral theology!

      October 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      but to be historically correct we have the jews to thank for that...the book of leviticus...

      October 21, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      The Founding Fathers were mostly Deists. They also crafted the Constitution with the separation clause. Ask yourself why, RR. Our country was founded to be a SECULAR country. Again, ask yourself why. I'll tell you the answer: because our country was founded to escape religious persecution and tyranny under the King of England. THAT'S why.

      October 22, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      marriage has been instituted since creation...between one man and one woman...you are soo full of misinformation...founding fathers did not build a religious-free society they built a society of religious freedoms..

      October 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      the king of England george was a perpetual adulterer...he made himself the papacy of his church when rome would not reconize his illicit church and marriages...today's anglican gay church...

      October 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      The King of England that founded the Church of England (Anglican) was Henry VIII, 200 plus years before the FF.

      October 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Matter of fact,
      "George III remarkably never took a mistress (in contrast with his grandfather and his sons), and the couple enjoyed a genuinely happy marriage." Per a quick Wiki check. He and Queen Charlotte had 15 children. There. You learned something, RR.

      October 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      lol...you lie better than a dog...you are of incapable of being truthful...incapable of stating the facts. one only has to read FF writings and letter to know you are a liar....it was who created the anglican church from the indiscretions of his loins and made himself papacy...sorry meant king henry the vii....

      October 22, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      henry the viii

      October 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I have not lied once. You lack intellectual honesty.

      October 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    See....if ppl only married to have children there wouldnt be this arguement going on huh? In fact this thread is bringing back alot of wedded unhappiness feelings! Just the word married brings out the beast in people!

    October 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Some people belong to a fertility cult, Chrissy. If procreation were the only requirement for marriage, many people would be able to get married at all. Whole segments of society would be banned from marriage. And that is not a good thing to aspire to. And the term "gay marriage" tends to bring out the most beastly behavior, doesn't it?

      October 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      *s/b "many people would not be able to get married at all..."

      October 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
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