(Newark, NJ) -- Same-sex couples will be getting married in New Jersey today, as the state becomes the 14th in the nation, along with the District of Columbia, to permit gay marriage. Nine couples, including seven same-sex couples, tied the knot just after midnight, Eastern time at city hall in Newark. U.S. Senator-Elect and Newark mayor Cory Booker officiated in one of his last official acts as mayor. Joe Panessidi and Orville Bell, who've been together for 15 years, were the first to get married. There was a bit of a commotion when Booker asked if anyone had reason to object to the marriage. A protester yelled, "this is unlawful in the eyes of God." There were also midnight weddings in Asbury Park and Lambertville.