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.