The New Jersey Supreme Court today (October 18) unanimously declined Gov. Chris Christie’s request for a stay of a lower court’s ruling that civil marriage licenses be granted to same gender couples beginning Monday, October 21st.
In its unanimous decision, the Court explains that it will not stand in the way of access to marriage for same gender couples:
“Largely for the reasons stated in Judge Jacobson’s opinion dated October 10, 2013 we deny the State’s motion for a stay. The State has advanced a number of arguments, but none of them overcome this reality: same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law. The harm to them is real, not abstract or speculative.”
In late September, New Jersey Trial Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that “same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution.”