Ding Dong, the bells are gonna chime! Starting October 21 in New Jersey, marriages will be equal under law! Read all about it at the link after the quote.
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.
Gov. Chris Christie’s administration had argued that the matter was out of New Jersey’s hands since the only pressing questions were over federal, not state, benefits.
Jacobson’s ruling represents a victory for gay-rights advocates, although the decision is expected to be appealed: first to an intermediate court, and then to the state Supreme Court.