Same-sex marriage in New Jersey has been legalized by a state judge today. An emergency request was made by six gay couples to Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson. The state officials were ordered by Jacobson to start officiating same-sex marriages on October 21.
The judge wrote in a 53-page opinion, "Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey constitution".
However, Gov. Chris Christie is against gay marriage. He vowed to appeal against the decision to the state Supreme Court today.
To reach the highest court of New Jersey, the case could take several months. The advocates in favor of gay's rights reacted with joy, celebrating a "historic day". This will bring New Jersey closer to nearby states, including Connecticut, Maryland and New York.
One more legal representative for the couples from the group Lambda Legal, Hayley Gorenberg, declared the victory as resounding, satisfying and well deserved for her clients. She also said that they were fighting harder and longer.
The US Supreme Court extended more than 1,000 tax and inheritance benefits to same-sex couples in June. This was the reason of argument between Garden State Equality and Lambda Legal because New Jersey was left behind with "second-class" civil unions who could not gather the legal benefit and protections after this decision.
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