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Cory Booker To Conduct Same-Sex Marriages In New Jersey: Report

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 16:  Newly elected U.S. Senator Cory Booker speaks after winning a special election on October 16, 2013
NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Newly elected U.S. Senator Cory Booker speaks after winning a special election on October 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. Booker, the current mayor of Newark, New Jersey, defeated Republican Steve Lonegan to replace Frank Lautenberg who died in June. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Senator-elect Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will conduct same-sex marriages in New Jersey at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 21, the first day gay marriages will be legally allowed in the state, BuzzFeed reports.

Judge Mary Jacobson of the Mercer County Superior Court ruled in September that gay couples can marry in the Garden State starting Monday. Jacobson later denied a request from Gov. Chris Christie's administration to delay the start of gay marriage in the state until after a legal appeal is final.

BuzzFeed reports Booker, currently serving as mayor of Newark, will conduct weddings in the first floor rotunda of City Hall after the clock strikes midnight. According to BuzzFeed, at least 10 couples and their families expected to attend the early Monday morning event.

Booker won't be the first well-known figure to officiate a same-sex wedding. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated the wedding of Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and economist John Roberts in August.

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