New Jersey is poised to welcome marriage equality

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.