- October 11, 2013
In 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.