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Judge Orders New Jersey to Allow Gay Marriage


Judge Orders New Jersey to Allow Gay Marriage

Published: September 27, 2013 344 Comments

A New Jersey judge ruled on Friday that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry, saying that not doing so deprives them of rights that were guaranteed by the United States Supreme Court in June.

It is the first time a court has struck down a state’s refusal to legalize same-sex marriage as a direct result of the Supreme Court ruling, and with lawsuits pending in other states, it could presage other successful challenges across the country.

The decision was a rebuff to Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who vetoed a bill passed by the Legislature last year that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry. His office said it would appeal to the state’s highest court. And he is likely to seek a stay preventing same-sex marriages from beginning on Oct. 21, as the judge ordered.

New Jersey was particularly ripe for a challenge after the Supreme Court ruling, because of a previous ruling by the state’s highest court in 2006. In that decision, in the case Lewis v. Harris, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled unanimously that same-sex couples were entitled to all of the rights and benefits of marriage. But the court stopped short of saying they had a fundamental right to marry, and in an unusual step instructed the Legislature to define how to confer equal protection.

5 thoughts on “Judge Orders New Jersey to Allow Gay Marriage

  1. Please get back in the closet and be happy there!

    So ur gay we don’t care. Shut up and go away.

    I don’t scream I’m normal and a hetero. I don’t want a parade either

  2. #1 sounds very angry — maybe he should come out of the closet and be happy

    1. I think # 1 is stating the obvious to many people , even the Pope says time to move on , news flash no one cares about your sex life as long as you don’t keep taking about in their face t 24 hours a day

  3. So then just allow marriage equality and it wont be an issue. Separate but equal is not equal.

  4. hey can is in.

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