TRENTON, N.J. — With the advent of same-sex marriage in New Jersey, couples are thrilled and, in many cases, confused about how to proceed.
Advocates and others are claiming that the state of New Jersey did not give ample instructions to town clerks and others on how to administer marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Same-sex marriages were scheduled to begin Monday at 12:01 a.m. The New Jersey Supreme Court last week refused to delay a lower court order for the state to start recognizing marriages. The case, however, is still on appeal.
Several couples planned to marry minutes after the state began recognizing the unions. Yet others said they had not been able to get a license. New Jersey law requires that couples wait three days between obtaining a license and getting married.
‘‘There’s a lot of mass confusion and it boils down to the fact that the state should have issued guidance a week ago,’’ said Troy Stevenson, executive director of Garden State Equality.
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