new jersey flagIn an order Friday, the New Jersey Supreme Court announced that it would directly take on Governor Chris Christie’s administration’s appeal of a recent trial court decision that would allow New Jersey’s same-sex couples to marry.

Trial Court Judge Mary Jacobson yesterday rejected the state’s request to put her pro-marriage equality ruling on hold. She ruled in late September that “same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution,” setting October 21st as the day New Jersey’s same-sex couples could begin to marry.

As expected, the Christie administration immediately appealed yesterday’s decision denying the motion to stay.

This latest news from the New Jersey Supreme Court means that the case will skip the appeals court and move directly to oral arguments in front of the New Jersey Supreme Court in early January 2014.

The New Jersey Supreme Court will also decide whether or not to grant a stay and put the October 21st marriage start date on hold.

HRC will continue to keep you posted as news breaks in the Garden State. New Jersey United for Marriage, of which HRC is a proud partner, is fighting 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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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