Senator-Elect Cory Booker Marries 7 Gay Couples as Marriage Equality Begins in NJ: VIDEO


An excited Newark mayor and now Senator-elect Cory Booker married seven gay couples inside the rotunda at Newark City Hall just after midnight last night:

"It is officially past midnight, marriage is now equal in New Jersey," Booker said to applause and cheers.

Booker, who had never officiated a wedding since becoming Newark mayor in 2006, called the occasion one of "the greatest privileges and honors" and "one of the most magical moments" of his life.

Booker officiated the weddings inside the rotunda at Newark City Hall. Each couple also took turns cutting cake.

Watch Booker marry Orville Bell and Joseph Panessidi, AFTER THE JUMP...