Asbury Park issues marriage licenses defying NJ health department

New Jersey's health department sent emails to municipal clerks directing them not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the New Jersey's Supreme Court issues a decision on whether the marriages will be recognized. That did not stop Asbury Park's clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Asbury Park‘s action touched off conflicting legal advice for towns. The Star-Ledger reported that the state Health Department sent emails to municipal clerks Thursday telling them not to issue any licenses until after the state Supreme Court rules on whether the nuptials will be recognized next week. A state judge ruled last month that the state had to recognize gay marriage starting Monday, but the administration of Gov. Chris Christie appealed. The Supreme Court said it will hear oral arguments on the overall case in January. But it’s expected to rule before Monday on whether marriages can begin then and continue until the larger question is settled.

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