Gay Marriage

NJ Mayor Offers to Officiate First Legal Gay Marriage There

In three weeks

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The mayor of Lambertville, New Jersey, who performed one of the state's first civil unions in 2007, said he plans to marry one of those same couples on Oct. 21 after a judge ruled that same-sex marriages must be allowed.

Mayor David DelVecchio, a Democrat, said he intends to perform the state's first legal gay marriage ceremony for Beth Asaro and Joanne Schailey at midnight three weeks from today, as long as a judge doesn't grant a stay of the Sept. 27 ruling. A handful of couples has already expressed interest in weddings, he said. Lambertville, across the Delaware River from New Hope, Pennsylvania, has a large gay population.