New Jersey Judge Mary Jacobson has just ruled that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry the AP is reporting, stating that since the federal government recognizes gay marriages, not doing so in New Jersey would violate the state constitution.
In your face Chris Christie.
In her order, Jacobson said that marriages could begin starting October 21, a window that does give the state time to appeal, something we are hoping Governor Christie does not decide to do. The Governor had previously vetoed a bill that passed in the State Legislature in February of 2012 that would have legalized gay marriage for residents of the Garden State.
Gay rights groups Garden State Equality and Lambda Legal had made the claim that since the U.S. Supreme Court had rejected the federal Defense of Marriage Act earlier this year, same-sex couples in the state were being denied equal protection by not being able to get married.
We will have more to come on this story throughout the day.