"Initially, we never considered that someday marriage might be an option for us," Asaro said. "It wasn’t even on the radar. We were glad to be able to live without ridicule or persecution, and we were closeted except for our closest friends and family. We didn’t reveal ourselves at work, or new friends, as we were scared we’d be ostracized, fired or shunned. Being gay was definitely not cool then, not even close." Still, the couple persevered. "Joanne always told me that the battle for equality would have to be won one person at a time. It would be painstakingly slow, she said, but it could be done.
"This is the right thing to do, and we’re happy to do it," said Lambertville mayor David Del Vecchio added. "This is something that’s long overdue."
While New Jersey governor Chris Christie has attempted to block the ruling, he's only met with defeat. The Supreme Court of New Jersey unanimously rejected his request last week for a stay of the September 27 decision by Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson. The state's Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in that appeal for January 6 and 7, according to Bloomberg. (Hamilton Observer)