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Gay Marriage Debate In NJ

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Judge Mary Jacobson made a decision to legalize gay marriage in New Jersey as of October 21, 2013. The Governor and the administration through the Attorney General asked for the implementation date to be delayed while the appeal process is ongoing. An appeal was brought to the Supreme Court in New Jersey, but the case won’t be taken until January.

The Governor and administration asked the Supreme Court to issue a stay until the issue is figured out in the courts. A stay will be granted if the Supreme Court determines that the implementation will do irreparable harm to New Jersey.

One of the main problems with Jacobson’s decision is that it’s judicial activism. Jacobson made a decision for the entire state based on her own views.

Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder of GOProud and a self-proclaimed gay conservative, says this decision didn’t just appear out of nowhere. This debate has been going on for years across the nation. “But I think that as conservatives, as anybody, we should welcome the ruling because the debate on marriage in New Jersey is over. The majority has decided that they want same-sex marriage.” He said.

Len Deo, a member of the New Jersey Policy Council, doesn’t believe that New Jersey should just accept this ruling. As a conservative he doesn’t believe judicial activism should be welcomed. “On letting the process go through its proper channels until a full decision is made, you have one judge in the entire state of New Jersey, 8.8 million people, making a decision for all those people.” He said.

LaSalvia doesn’t see much of a problem with the decision. In the aspect of judicial activism he agrees that this isn’t the preferred way to legalize same-sex marriage, but when the majority of New Jersey agrees with the ruling, it’s hard to not accept the decision. “Opponents to same-sex marriage only number, first of all, 32% in New Jersey. If they want to now argue the process then they’re going to remind the rest of New Jersey that the rest of New Jersey thinks that you’re wrong.” He said.

It’s not a matter of whether the majority of New Jersey agrees to same-sex marriage, according to Deo. The problem is judicial activism. “We believe that this judge definitely went over the line. She made a decision, and it’s not good for the people of New Jersey. Not good for our executive branch. And we’ll see how things play out.” He said.

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