Judge Says N.J. Must Let Gay Couples Marry

But Gov. Chris Christie is likely to appeal

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Update: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told the AP through a spokesperson that he plans to appeal the decision.

A New Jersey judge ruled Friday that the state needs to allow gay couples to get married, the Associated Press reports.

Judge Mary Jacobson said that under the New Jersey’s constitution, the state must recognize same-sex marriages if they are recognized on the federal level, as they have been since the United States Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act this year.

But Gov. Chris Christie opposes same-sex marriage and is likely to appeal the decision to a higher court. It’s unclear if or when same-sex marriages could start taking place in the state.

[AP]

16 comments
georgeolds
georgeolds

If even Exxon and Wal-Mart can recognize what equal treatment before the law means, shurely Mr. Christie should be able to grasp it.

jrp77sen
jrp77sen

Good job New Jersey. Gov, stop denying rights to taxpaying citizens. Heavens!

RamRanch
RamRanch

Being left-handed … black or being gay is just as natural. It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return ... it is something that should be celebrated! If it’s between two guys or two girls -- all the better. It takes even more courage to defend that LOVE! 

StanChaz1
StanChaz1

Ah, the "activist" Governor fights on! Damn the Legislature. Damn the Courts. It's his way or the highway.

Perhaps grossly obese, arrogant, and bombastic politicians in New Jersey should also be denied their basic civil rights?

But then again, "who am I too judge", as the Pope recently said.

Sadly, it seems that the family of men (and women) still has its orphans and outcasts --at least in he eyes of people like Gov. Chris Christie. 

It's time for a new Governor in New Jersey.

A Governor for ALL the people.

BushFlushedAmerica
BushFlushedAmerica

Christie...the only governor that has a set...my bipartisan hero !

Discursions
Discursions

What do you suppose is the last major issue where the will of the citizens was consulted in a democratic manner to determine the outcome of some pressing social issue?  

gdbutcher
gdbutcher

Trapped between what is right and what will win him the hearts of the tea party. What's a republican to do?

eagle11772
eagle11772

The New Jersey Supreme Court ordered marriage equality for LGBT citizens many years ago, but Christie is, and has been, against equality for New Jersey LGBT citizens.

georgeolds
georgeolds

@BushFlushedAmerica It doesn't take much of a "set" to deny equal treatment before the law to some citizens. It takes a gross misunderstanding of the Constitution.

georgeolds
georgeolds

@Discursions Subjecting the (formerly?) "unalienable" rights of SOME citizens to liberty and the pursuit of happiness to a popularity contest is the most un-American thing I can think of. Equal protections of the law is supposed to be guaranteed.

Discursions
Discursions

@eagle11772 The term marriage equality is a misnomer.  Gay marriages are not equal to straight marriages; they are different in kind.  Straight marriages negotiate the difference between male and female partners and, as a general rule, have as an inherent facet the potentiality of creating biological offspring.  Gay marriages have neither.  

georgeolds
georgeolds

 America ISN'T a "democracy". It's a Constitutional Republic. Why do you despise SOME citizens getting equal protections of the law as promised in the Constitution?

georgeolds
georgeolds

@Discursions You have confused "equal" with sameness. And, "creating biological offspring" is not a requirement of marriage - for anyone.

jrp77sen
jrp77sen

@Discursions @eagle11772  You got owned by Eagle. haha Truth hurts doesn't it? And dang, those pesky constitutions. They really get in the way of denying people rights, don't they?

Everyone deserves to marry, whether they can produce or not. (Science actually has successfully proven that two men or two women can actually in fact produce offspring, given that there is an artificial womb or pod for the gentlemen.

eagle11772
eagle11772

@Discursions Wrong.  There is no such thing in the law as "gay marriage".  Legally, there is only "marriage".  And several religious denominations, state legislatures, and courts, disagree with your analysis.  The matter is a question of Freedom Of Religion, and equal protection of the law.  And if the ability to procreate is a necessary condition to be able to marry, then any person who is infertile, or past menopause, or for any other reason cannot procreate, then they also should be barred from marriage, as well as people in prison  Yet these people are not barred from marriage.  Furthermore, what right do you have to dictate what religious marriages should be legally recognized by the government, and which should not be ?  Why should the government have the legal right to say: "We legally recognize and approve of, a Catholic marriage but do not legally recognize and approve of, a Lutheran marriage" ?  And if you are not gay, how on earth does the marriage of two gay people materialy affect your life ?  No. You're just a bigot. 

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