Gov. Christie appeals NJ marriage equality ruling

An hour after the Hon.Mary Jacobson ruled that New Jersey  is violating the state's constitution by denying same-sex couples marriage benefits, Gov. Christie's office said they would appeal the ruling. Judge Jacobson based her ruling on the federal government's recognition of same-sex marriage after DOMA was overturned.

“Gov. Christie has always maintained that he would abide by the will of the voters on the issue of marriage equality and called for it to be on the ballot this Election Day,” said spokesman Michael Drewniak. “Since the Legislature refused to allow the people to decide expeditiously, we will let the Supreme Court make this constitutional determination.”

Judge Mary Jacobson said Friday that the state is violating New Jersey’s constitution by denying marriage benefits to same-sex couples now that the federal government is recognizing same-sex marriages. She said the state must allowing them to wed by Oct. 21.

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