NJ Judge: State Must Allow Same-Sex Marriage

In an unexpected turn, a New Jersey judge has ruled that the state must allow same-sex marriage. A move opposed by Governor Chris Christie.

TRENTON — A state judge today ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey, saying gay couples would be denied federal benefits if the state kept allowing only civil unions.

Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson granted an emergency request by six gay couples, ordering state officials to begin officiating same-sex marriages on Oct. 21.

Early last year Christie vetoed a bill that would have extended marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples, instead choosing to support civil unions.

Judge Mary Jacobson ruled today that not extending marriage rights to same-sex couples denies them equal protection under the law.

Will Governor Chris Christie oppose or support the court’s ruling? It remains to be seen.

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  • D_C_Wilson

    Will Governor Chris Christie oppose or support the court’s ruling?

    Depends on whether he’s planning on running for president in 2016. If he wants the GOP nomination, he’ll oppose it. If he supports it, he can kiss that nomination goodbye. He’s already burned a few bridges in the GOP. He can’t afford to cross the social conservatives again.

    • JMAshby

      I think having the audacity to cooperate with the president of the United States following a major natural disaster already doomed him.

      ‘Merika

      • D_C_Wilson

        Exactly. He’s got too much ground to make up. He can’t afford to offend them any more.

  • JozefAL

    “Will Governor Chris Christie oppose or support the court’s ruling? It remains to be seen.”
    He’s likely to oppose it until his political situation changes. Since he’s running for re-election as Governor, he’s going to oppose it. And he’ll continue opposing it until any chance of his being the GOP nominee for President in 2016 evaporates. (So, I’d guess that sometime around mid-March of 2016, Christie will suddenly acquiesce on the issue of marriage equality. As long as he even thinks he has a shot at the GOP nomination, he’s going to oppose it since that’s about the only REAL issue that he can attract support from the GOP’s far-right primary voters and caucus attendees, most of whom won’t forgive his being nice to Obama following Hurricane Sandy. It doesn’t matter that progressives and liberals think Christie is a right-winger, albeit a sane one, the right-wingers who turn out for the primaries and caucuses see him as a near-moderate–at least, right-wingers outside of New Jersey; in New Jersey, it depends on the voter’s own leanings–a GOPer sees him as a conservative-leaning moderate, a Dem sees him as a moderate-leaning conservative which makes him relatively acceptable to and electable by voters on both sides. But the nutjobs who dominate at the primary/caucus levels will see him as another Romney and won’t give him the time of day.)

  • mdblanche

    “Will Governor Chris Christie oppose or support the court’s ruling?”

    As of 6PM EST, the headline at the link says “Christie vows to appeal.”