The hands of Beth Asaro, left, and Joanne Schailey after they exchanged vows to become the first same-sex couple married in Lambertville, N.J., early Monday. Rich Schultz/AP hide caption itoggle caption Rich Schultz/AP The Two-Way UPDATE: N.J. Gov. Christie Won't Fight Gay-Marriage Ruling October 21, 2013 A court ruling Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday. In towns and cities across the state, officials presided over middle-of-the-night ceremonies. Republican Gov. Chris Christie initially said he would appeal the decision, but now has decided otherwise.