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Breaking: NJ Superior Court Rules ‘Same Sex Couples Must Be Allowed To Marry’

by David Badash on September 27, 2013

in Marriage,News,Politics

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In a ruling just handed down minutes ago, the Superior Court of the state of New Jersey ruled that “same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution.”

The Court also noted that the “ineligibility of same-sex couples for federal benefits is currently harming same-sex couples in new jersey in a wide range of contexts,” and stressed that this “unequal treatment require that New Jersey extend civil marriage to same-sex couples to satisfy the equal protection guarantees of the New Jersey Constitution.”

The case was filed against the New Jersey attorney general, and two state health departments by several same-sex couples and Garden State Equality.

The state has until October 21 to request a stay, or temporary hold on the decision, or it will go into effect, allowing weddings to begin that day. No word yet on whether the case will be appealed, although it is likely.

Read the judgment:

Decision Summary Judgment NJ Marriage

This is a breaking and developing news story. We’ll have reaction and more details later today.

Image: Sue Fulton addresses the crowd in Asbury Park, July 24, 2013. Photo by Garden State Equality via Facebook.

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