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GAY MARRIAGE: New Jersey Court Rules Weddings Can Begin Monday

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(CNN) — The New Jersey Supreme Court on Friday denied the state’s motion to temporarily prevent same-sex marriages, clearing the way for same-sex couples to marry in the state starting Monday.

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration appealed — and asked the court to delay — a lower court’s September 27 ruling that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry beginning October 21, rather than give them the parallel label “civil union.”

The appeal will be heard in January. But the state Supreme Court on Friday declined to delay the September order in the meantime, writing that “the state has not shown a reasonable probability that it will succeed on the merits” of the appeal.

CNN’s Bill Mears contributed to this report.