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'A Long Journey': Same-sex Marriage Attracts Out-of-state Couples To New Jersey

As out-of-state couples – and their wedding guests – bring their dollars into the Garden State, same-sex marriages could provide a boost to New Jersey’s economy
'A Long Journey': Same-sex Marriage Attracts Out-of-state Couples To New Jersey
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WARREN TWP. — This wasn’t just any road trip.

After spending a combined 67 years together and traveling more than 700 miles from their homes in Tennessee, the two gay couples had arrived at what once seemed like an impossible destination: their wedding day.

“It’s been a long journey,” said one of the men, Bob Spence.

As the organist played, Spence and his partner of 39 years, Mike Walsh, held hands as they walked down the aisle, followed by Jerry DeVolder and Stan Rodriguez, a couple for 28 years. Once the couples had gathered around a bouquet of white roses, a tear fell from DeVolder’s righ...

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