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Appeal filed to try and halt gay marriages in New Jersey before they begin

Governor Chris Christie's administration wants state's highest court to step in

Appeal filed to try and halt gay marriages in New Jersey before they begin

As expected, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration on Monday (30 September) asked the state’s Supreme Court to overturn a judge’s ruling that the state must allow gay marriages to proceed.

Judge Mary Jacobson ruled last week that the marriages should begin taking place by 21 October making New Jersey the 14th state in the US to allow gay marriage.

In filing an appeal directly with the state’s top court, acting Attorney General John Hoffman cited ‘far-reaching implications’ in the case. He also asked Judge Jacobson to delay the implementation of the marriages.

Jacobson ruled that because the federal government recognizes gay marriages, the state violates its own constitution by not doing the same.

‘…The current inequality visited upon same-sex civil union couples offends the New Jersey Constitution, creates an incomplete set of rights…and is not compatible with “a reasonable conception of basic human dignity,”‘ Jacobson wrote.

The state Legislature passed a marriage equality bill last year but it was vetoed by Christie, a Republican who has repeatedly said he favors a ballot measure on the issue. The Legislature has until January 2014 to attempt to override the veto.

Although Democrats control both houses of the Legislature, it’s not yet known if they have enough votes to successfully override Christie’s veto.

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