TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey judge has ruled that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry.
Mary Jacobson says now that the federal government recognizes gay
marriages, not doing so in New Jersey would violate the state
Her order says the marriages could begin Oct. 21,
which gives the state time to appeal and ask for a stay to block
marriages from happening.
A spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie says he will appeal the state court ruling.
Spokesman Michael Drewniak says Christie "will let the Supreme Court make this constitutional determination" after lawmakers rejected his previous plan to have voters decide whether to allow same-sex marriage.
Friday's ruling, the judge accepted the position of lawyers from gay
rights groups that the state is blocking citizens from receiving federal
New Jersey's top court ruled in 2006 that gay couples
had to have the same legal rights as married couples. Same-sex couples
in New Jersey presently can enter into civil unions.