TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gay rights advocates are welcoming today's decision by New Jersey's governor to end his challenge to same-sex marriages, which began in the state earlier today.
New Jersey became the 14th state to allow gay marriages, three days after the state Supreme Court rejected Gov. Chris Christie's request to delay them.
The decision today by Christie to end the legal challenges removes the possibility that the vows being exchanged by the same-sex couples could be undone by a court.
Christie has said state residents, and not a court or legislators, should decide the issue. But a Christie spokesman says the governor will enforce the law as interpreted by the state Supreme Court.
A foe of gay marriage, Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, says it's "another example of the courts making law out of thin air." He says Christie "should have continued the lawsuit." And Brown says his own group could look into whether it could continue the legal fight -- but he doubts that the courts would allow anyone to intervene.