Westfield Not Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
Friday, October 18, 2013 • 11:38am
WESTFIELD, NJ — Update: The state’s highest court ruled unanimously Oct. 18 to uphold the lower-court order that same-sex weddings in New Jersey must be allowed starting Oct. 21.
The Westfield Regional Department of Health has told The Alternative Press that, as soon as the state gives the go-ahead, it will begin the process necessary to issue same-sex marriage licenses. However, the forms were not available on Friday.
“The forms have to be changed,” said Megan Avallone, health officer.
Mayor Andy Skibitsky was not available for comment.
Some communities in New Jersey began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Oct. 18 in anticipation of the state’s first gay weddings Monday, Oct. 21, but Westfield isn’t one of them.
There is a 72-hour waiting period after a marriage license is issued before a couple can be married, though the waiting periods can be waived by a judge.
A representative of the Westfield Regional Health Department said they received an email from the state not to issue same-sex licenses yet. A judge ruled in September that gay marriage must be allowed in New Jersey beginning Oct. 21, but Governor Chris Christie’s administration has appealed that ruling.
According to CBS New York, Newark, Asbury Park, Lambertville, Lodi and Red Bank are all accepting or about to accept same-sex marriage license applications. Whether the same-sex marriages performed in New Jersey next week will be considered legal is still up in the air.