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The New York Times is calling Friday’s pro-marriage equality ruling by the Superior Court of New Jersey “legally sound, full of common sense and a strong signal to the New Jersey Legislature to renew its efforts to make [same-sex] unions legal.”

Judge Mary Jacobson ruled Friday 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 York Times Editorial Board elaborates on the significance of the ruling:

"The ruling brings New Jersey tantalizingly close to ending official discrimination against gay people and joining the 13 states that currently allow same-sex marriages, but it isn’t there yet. Indeed, Governor Christie shamefully plans to appeal the decision, possibly preventing it from going into effect on Oct. 21 as the judge ordered, and potentially delaying fair treatment for many residents of the state for a year or more.

"But there’s another avenue. The Democratic-led Legislature has until January to override Mr. Christie’s veto of their 2012 marriage equality bill. Bolstered by the ruling, legislative leaders should devote themselves now to making that happen."

As expected, Governor Chris Christie’s administration on Monday appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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 this case 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. NJUM is determined to do everything it can to ensure the New Jersey Legislature overrides Chris Christie’s marriage veto before the end of the legislative session on January 14, 2014.

As part of our investment in the New Jersey United for Marriage effort, HRC has five field staff in the Garden State.  To join their efforts contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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