The New Jersey Supreme Court on Friday said gay marriages can begin taking place starting Monday, brushing aside a request from Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration for a delay as it appeals.

"We conclude that the State has not made the necessary showing to prevail ... and that the public interest does not favor a stay," the judges wrote. "We therefore deny the State's motion for a stay."

The court ruled that the state has "not shown a reasonable probability it will succeed on the merits," which will be argued in January.