Several New Jersey cities began issuing marriage licenses on Friday to gay and lesbian couples.

According to the The Star-Ledger, a “handful” of cities, including Jersey City and Asbury Park, have started issuing licenses.

Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled on September 27 that the state must begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples as of October 21.

Republican Governor Chris Christie appealed the order to the state Supreme Court and asked Jacobson to stay her decision until the matter is resolved. Jacobson denied the request, stating that the state was unlikely to win its appeal.

“Granting a stay would simply allow the state to violate the equal protection rights of New Jersey same-sex couples, which can hardly be considered a public interest,” Jacobson wrote.

Christie asked the high court to delay Monday's start, but, as of Friday morning, the court had yet to issue a stay.

“We're being proactive,” Asbury Park administrator Terence Reidy told the paper, “so that when the 21st comes, any couple that wants to be married, they're ready and we're ready.”

“Absent a legally binding order not to issue these applications, it is our understanding of the law, that we have the right and obligation to begin issuing applications tomorrow,” Reidy said on Thursday. “Please be clear, this is not an act of civil disobedience, but rather our interpretation of what the law permits at this time.”

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop also announced that Jersey City will begin issuing licenses on Friday.

“[We intend] on being the first to issue licenses and perform weddings on Monday,” Fulop said in a statement.