New Jersey Becomes 14th State with Marriage Equality
October 21, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Today New Jersey Governor Chris Christie instructed his Attorney General to withdraw the state's appeal of a court decision bringing marriage equality to the Garden State.
“Governor Christie did the right thing in not standing in the way of loving couples’ ability to make lifelong commitments to each other through marriage," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "Civil Unions have never been full equality and as the state court system has said, denying marriage to lesbian and gay couples does real harm to them and their families. Breaking down this dark wall of discrimination in New Jersey helps build momentum as we continue to expand the marriage equality map so that one day soon a state border will not dictate whether a loving couple can share in the joys of marriage."
New Jersey is now 14th state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia, where lesbian and gay couples can marry.
Marriages began early this morning after the NJ Supreme Court Friday unanimously denied Gov. Chris Christie's request for a stay of a lower court’s ruling.
New Jersey United for Marriage, of which HRC was a proud partner, mounted a campaign to secure marriage equality legislatively for all loving and committed couples in New Jersey. HRC had five field staff in New Jersey as part of its investment in the campaign.
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