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Monday, 30 September 2013 21:58

New Jersey Marriage Equality Could Be Legalized On October 21

Written by 

 mary jacobson

 

Which will be the next American state to legalize marriage equality? We saw these last weeks that the things were in the right track in Hawaii. Also challenges were launched in other states which will perhaps end in a victory. But it is as possible the next state which will pass the law is New Jersey, where Friday Judge Mary C. Jacobson ruled that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry.

Marriage equality should have being passed last year but Governor Chris Christie vetoed the law. Since, LGBT activists launched a campaign to repeal this veto.

But Friday, against all expectations and for the first time in New Jersey, a judge opposed the same-sex marriage ban ruling that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry, saying that not doing so deprives them of rights that were guaranteed by the United States Supreme Court in June, as The New York Times reports.

Judge Mary Jacobson writes: "Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution. In the wake of the Windsor decision, plaintiffs have shown that civil union partners in New Jersey are being denied equal access to federal benefits, thus requiring that the right to marry by extended to same- sex couples under the equal protection guarantee of the New Jersey Constitution."

Now, same-sex couples wishing to marry will be able to perhaps do it from October 21 even if, once again, Governor Christie will be opposed to it. According to The New York Times, his office said it would appeal to the state’s highest court. And he is likely to seek a stay preventing same-sex marriages from beginning on Oct. 21.

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