Gay couple in Jersey City makes history

Gay couple in Jersey City makes history

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

As David and Rich climbed the stairs of City Hall, they were one step closer to being legally married. They had been waiting of this day for more a decade.

They made history as the first gay couple with a marriage license in Jersey City.

Even the city clerk took in the moment.

"I'm gonna sign it and then you have to take a picture of me signing it" the clerk said.

Same-sex couples across New Jersey applied for the marriage license after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled gay marriages must be allowed starting Monday.

While Governor Christie said he firmly believes that this determination should be made by all the people of the State of New Jersey at the ballot box instead of the courts, he instructed the Department of Health to cooperate with all municipalities in effectuating the order of the Superior Court under the applicable law.

Couples say the ruling protects them.

Peter Connell from Jersey city said, "We went in on a house together knowing that now we are protected and I want to make sure he's taken care of."

People getting married for the first time will have to wait 72 hours after getting the license.  New Jersey residents who were married in other states and want their marriage recognized in New Jersey can begin getting married in the state on Monday.

David and Rich were married inside Jersey City council chambers at 12:01 Monday morning.

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