- Newark mayor plans to recognize the marriages of several same-sex couples
- A court denied the state's request to temporarily prevent such marriages last week
- New Jersey has allowed same-sex civil unions since 2007
(CNN) -- Starting Monday, same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Supreme Court denied the state's request to temporarily prevent such marriages last week, clearing the way.
Some ceremonies already are planned. U.S. Sen.-elect Cory Booker, the current Newark mayor, plans to recognize the marriages of several same-sex couples at 12:01 a.m.
The couples will be married at City Hall, according to the Facebook page of gay rights group Garden State Equality.
Troy Stevenson, executive director of the group, said last week that the high court's decision means "the door is open for love, commitment and equality under the law."
"This is a huge victory for New Jersey's same-sex couples and their families," added Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director of gay rights group Lambda Legal and the organization's lead attorney on the case. "Take out the champagne glasses -- wedding bells will soon be ringing in New Jersey!"
That enthusiasm was not shared by everyone.
"It is extremely disappointing that the New Jersey Supreme Court has allowed the ruling of an activist judge to stand pending its appeal through the court system," said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, last week. "All in all, today's ruling is another sad chapter in watching our courts usurp the rights of voters to determine issues like this for themselves.