New Jersey Superior Court denies request to delay implementation of pro-marriage equality ruling


Earlier today, a New Jersey Superior Court judge denied the request to delay implementation of the historic court ruling affirming marriage equality Based on a ruling by Judge Mary Jacobson in late September, the courts will start issuing marriage licenses on October 21st to same-sex couples.

This decision was appealed by Governor Chris Christie’s administration, who asked for marriage licenses to not be issued until the State Supreme Court could hear the case. Governor Christie, a long opponent of the freedom to marry, has made numerous attempts to bar marriage equality in New Jersey.

Judge Jacobson cited the motives for her ruling:

“Gay couples who want to wed would suffer many hardships of constitutional magnitude if the stay were to be issued, but the state has not demonstrated how it would suffer in any meaningful way if the order is enforced.”

Judge Jacobson’s support is in line with the majority of New Jerseyans–sixty two percent of them! A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll found that 62% of those polled agreed with Jacobson’s superior court ruling. With the majority of your support, and the courts behind us, we are confident that marriage equality will soon be the law of the land.

“This is a historic moment for all loving and committed couples in New Jersey. The fact that those who have waited so long for this moment can get married in just days is truly amazing and something to be celebrated,” Michael Premo, New Jersey United for Marriage Campaign Manager, said. “We can’t stop now. NJUM will continue to work on a legislative remedy and is certain that we will have marriage equality by January.”

The courts ruling is another powerful step for marriage equality in New Jersey–and nationwide. We are confident that with your support, we can secure the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples in New Jersey.

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