Breaking: New Jersey Marriage Equality Will Begin on Monday
October 18, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Today, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously declined Gov. Chris Christie’s request for a stay of a lower court’s ruling that civil marriage licenses be granted to same-sex couples beginning Monday, October 21st.
In its unanimous decision, the Court explains that it will not stand in the way of access to marriage for same-sex couples:
“Largely for the reasons stated in Judge Jacobson’s opinion dated October 10, 2013 we deny the State’s motion for a stay. The State has advanced a number of arguments, but none of them overcome this reality: same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law. The harm to them is real, not abstract or speculative.”
In late September, New Jersey Trial Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that “same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution.”
"The New Jersey Supreme Court has sent a momentous and vital message to the entire country," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "No government should stand in the way of committed and loving couples seeking to marry. And I have no doubt that when this case is resolved on the merits, marriage equality will come to the Garden State permanently.”
The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in early January on the merits of the case, which was brought forth by Garden State Equality and Lambda Legal on behalf of seven New Jersey same-sex couples. Marriage equality will not be permanent until a final decision is issued.
New Jersey United for Marriage, of which HRC is a proud partner, has mounted a campaign to secure marriage equality legislatively for all loving and committed couples in New Jersey. HRC has five field staff in New Jersey as part of its investment in the campaign.
Join New Jersey United for Marriage and Garden State Equality TONIGHT in Montclair at a rally for marriage, to celebrate our amazing progress, and to urge our lawmakers to pass legislation supporting marriage equality.
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