Retired Catholic priest officiates midnight vows for gay couples in New Jersey

"I am just very grateful that the state has recognized the equality of all people," said Rev. Thomas Pivinski

Katie McDonough
October 21, 2013 4:55PM (UTC)

New Jersey's new marriage equality law went into effect just after 12 a.m. on Monday, and dozens of couples across the state marked the historic shift by exchanging midnight vows.

Three couples in Asbury Park got a little help from retired Catholic priest Rev. Thomas Pivinski, who officiated their ceremonies and called his state's recognition of marriage equality "wonderful."


"I am just very grateful that the state has recognized the equality of all people," he added.

Pivinski officiated the marriage of Karen Nicholson-McFadden and Marcye Nicholson-McFadden, who have been together for 24 years.

"It's utterly pure and complete relief to finally be here because it's been a crazy long road," Karen told USA Today after the ceremony.

You can watch video of the happy (and historic) Asbury Park weddings below:

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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