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.