DENIED: New Jersey Supreme Court Refuses Christie’s Request to Stay Issuing Licenses Pending Appeal
It’s official, Save Jerseyans: New Jersey is a state with legal gay marriage as of this upcoming Monday, October 21st.
Or at least until the New Jersey Supreme Court makes a final decision on the substance of the case later this year.
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“The public interest does not favor a stay,” said Justice Stuart Rabner, writing for the unanimous 7-0 majority. “State officials shall therefore permit same-sex couples, who are otherwise eligible, to enter into civil marriage beginning on October 21, 2013.”
Today’s decision means that a Mercer County Judge’s refusal to “stay” gay marriages pending the conclusion of the ongoing appeal by the Christie Administration will be upheld. Translated, gay couples can marry in the Garden State until such time as the judiciary rules otherwise.
“The Supreme Court has made its determination,” said Governor Chris Christie’s Press Secretary Michael Drewniak in a statement released shortly after the decision came down. “While the Governor firmly believes that this determination should be made by all the people of the State of New Jersey, he has instructed the Department of Health to cooperate with all municipalities in effectuating the order of the Superior Court under the applicable law.”