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New Jersey Trial Court Judge Denies Stay on Pro-Marriage Equality Ruling

gavel, scaleNew Jersey Trial Court Judge Mary Jacobson has denied a motion by Governor Chris Christie’s administration to put her recent ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry on hold.

Late last month, Judge 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.” In today’s decision, the judge, in her “Statement of Reasons” accompanying the order, explains that she denied the stay “largely because of the irreparable harms that would be caused to Plaintiffs [same-sex couples] by the granting of a stay.”

The state has the opportunity to appeal the order denying the motion to stay to the intermediate court and the New Jersey Supreme Court. HRC will follow this story closely as details unfold in the weeks ahead.

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.

Whether equality is achieved through the trial court decision being allowed to stand or through the legislative process, New Jersey United for Marriage will fight to make sure that the protections and responsibilities of marriage are extended to all loving and committed couples in New Jersey.

HRC has five field staff in New Jersey as part of its investment in the campaign. To join in the fight, contact david.turley@hrc.org.

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