Blum Receives Livingston’s First Same-Sex Marriage Application
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • 11:06am
LIVINGSTON, NJ – On Monday, Oct. 21, Livingston resident Heidi Blum became the first person to arrive at the Livingston Health Department to pick up her application for same sex marriage. Blum said that when she asked if she was first, she was told that indeed she was, but that there had been one prior phone call.
“I was very proud to be the first person to get a same-sex marriage application in Livingston,” said Blum. “I have my official appointment this Friday.”
Blum, who has a marriage license from Massachusetts with her wife Michele, said that she is excited to become legally married via civil union, or in this case—remarried in New Jersey. The couple has three children together.
“I never thought it would happen—especially under Christie,” said Blum. “This turn of events is unbelievable and the fact that he withdrew his appeal is a gift from God—big time.”
As of Friday, the Livingston office of vital statistics was on hold, waiting to hear from the state registrar how Christie’s appeal would affect the states ruling to start same sex marriages on Monday Oct. 21. By the afternoon, Christie’s administration announced that they had dropped the appeal and applications were released on time for Monday.
When asked about the impact of the new law, Councilwoman Deborah Shapiro said, “I am sworn to uphold the law of the land, so if that is the law, I will uphold it.”
Blum hopes to have a party celebrating her “re” union. She also says she is grateful to be able to tell her children that now, under the law her family is just like any other New Jersey family.
“They may not understand the full extent of this ruling today, but they will understand it when they are older,” said Blum. “For right now, they are just happy that their parents are happy.”
Livingston residents may obtain Marriage/Civil Union application at the Health Department, which is located at 204 Hillside Avenue, in Livingston. They can also apply for a Marriage/Civil Union License by calling (973) 535-7961 ext: 222 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome from 8:30 am – 4 pm, Monday-Friday, excluding state holidays.
Update from the Editor: Blum has informed The Alternative Press of Livingston that it has been officially confirmed that since she and Michele were legally married in Massachusetts, they are now also recognized as a legally married couple in New Jersey.