GLAAD Issues Statement on New Jersey Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Judge Ruled Marriages For Same-Sex Couples to Begin October 21
September 27, 2013

Rich Ferraro
Vice President of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011

Jacob Taylor (Sunshine Sachs)

Chris Licata (Sunshine Sachs)


New York -- GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, responded today to a New Jersey judge’s ruling that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry.

Today, Judge Mary Jacobson of the Mercer County Superior Court in New Jersey ruled that starting October 21, same-sex couples in the state can legally marry. The ruling was made in the case of an emergency request brought by Garden State Equality and six same-sex couples and their families, saying that the state of New Jersey is preventing same-sex couples from receiving the same protections as straight married couples.

"Ruling the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" unconstitutional has clearly demonstrated that civil unions are inferior to marriage, and that rule is being applied in the state of New Jersey," said Omar Sharif Jr., GLAAD's National Spokesperson. "A majority of New Jersey residents, just like a majority of people nationwide want marriage equality and today's ruling by Judge Johnson can now allow love and commitment win in New Jersey."

Gov. Christie's administration, which has been opposed to marriage equality, has not yet commented on whether they will appeal the decision.