While gay couples in New Jersey are looking forward to the day when they will be able to wed, Brian Brown is stomping his feet in anger.
The president of the National Organization for Marriage, a nonprofit organization that fights marriage rights, is upset the Garden State Supreme Court has given the go ahead for same-sex marriages to begin on Monday (21 October).
‘It is extremely disappointing that the New Jersey Supreme Court has allowed the ruling of an activist judge to stand pending its appeal through the court system,’ Brown said in a statement.
Unsurprisingly, Brown did not refer to the Supreme Court’s statement explaining its decision.
‘What is the public’s interest in a case like this? Like Judge Jacobson, we can find no public interest in depriving a group of New Jersey residents of their constitutional right to equal protection while the appeals process unfolds,’ the court wrote.
Earlier this month State Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson denied Governor Chris Christie’s request for a stay on her same-sex marriage decision as he organizes an appeal.
In late September Jacobson ruled because the federal government recognizes gay marriages, the state violates its own constitution by not doing the same.
New Jersey’s highest court will hear the appeal in 2014 January.