New Jersey becomes 14th State for Gay Marriage

…14!!  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.

 

Read more at NY TIMES

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