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Gov. Christie drops appeal of marriage ruling; New Jersey the 14th state to OK marriage equality

TRENTON, N.J. -- Just hours after gay and lesbian couples in New Jersey began marrying one minute after midnight today, Gov. Chris Christie said that the State would drop its appeal of the federal court ruling mandating marriage equality.

Christie, a Republican up for re-election as governor and who has presidential ambitions, had vetoed the New Jersey Legislature's bill that had legalized same-gender marriage. The Legislature had planned to vote to override Christie's veto after the November election, so this procedure will not be necessary.

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, said Christie did the right thing.

"At long last, the freedom to marry is now permanently law of the land in New Jersey," Wolfson said.

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