Stay is denied! Same-sex marriages to begin in NJ on Monday!

Celebration Rally tonight 7pm at Garden State Equality HQ 40 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair

UPDATE: Statement from Gov. Christie press secretary Michael Drewniak: “The Supreme Court has made its determination.  While the Governor firmly believes that this determination should be made by all the people of the State of New Jersey, he has instructed the Department of Health to cooperate with all municipalities in effectuating the order of the Superior Court under the applicable law.”

Gay folks in love in New Jersey, you have waiting a long time for this. And you’ve worked hard – organizing, funding, working and worrying, and telling the stories of your families.

Are you ready to get married now? Because the NJ State Supreme Court has just denied the stay sought by the administration of Gov. Chris Christie. The Court’s decision was 7-0. This green-lights weddings for gay couples in New Jersey, even as Gov. Christie continues to pursue an appeal to a lower court ruling allowing civil marriages to start on Monday.

Read the Court’s decision. Via Star-Ledger:

“The public interest does not favor a stay,” the Supreme Court ruled in a 7-0 decision by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner today. “State officials shall therefore permit same-sex couples, who are otherwise eligible, to enter into civil marriage beginning on October 21, 2013.”

Congratulations, everybody. Let’s do this thing!

This is a huge victory. And a big defeat for Chris Christie, who by the way, just dodged a reporter’s question about it up in Dover. But marriages beginning Monday will be on a provisional basis. The NJ Supreme Court will not rule on the marriage case until 2014; January at the earliest. Chris Christie is still acting as an obstacle, but now there’s yet another reason why our legislators – of both parties – may see fit to override his veto. Tell your legislator what you think here.

Gov. Christie is already appealing the lower-court ruling that was a victory legalizing same-sex marriage in New Jersey. The request to the Supreme Court to stay the start date came via NJ AG Paula Dow and other officials of the Christie administration, and was an effort to stop marriages sanctioned to begin processing Oct. 21 until Christie’s appeal was ruled on.

Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled Sept. 27 that same-sex couples were being denied equal rights and federal benefits following the United States Supreme Court decision in June striking down the key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defining marriage as between one man and one woman.  

Comment (1)

  1. Bill Orr

    In the ruling today Chief Justice Rabner says, “The U. S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling changed the contour of the pending lawsuit… The State has not shown a reasonable probability of success on the merits. 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 Opinion of the Chief Justice was joined by all members of the NJ Supreme Court.

    While the ruling today does not guarantee a final, positive decision on the case (oral arguments are scheduled for January 2014), it allows marriages to start, and strongly suggests that the State’s case is doomed.

    Read the Court’s ruling here.


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