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NJ Gay Marriage Moves Forward

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Late last week the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a ruling that they have effectively turned back the governor’s request for a stay in the gay marriage issue and gay marriages can still proceed in the Garden State at this time. However, this will again be revisited pending an appeal in January.

New Jersey will now be the 14th state to have legalized gay marriage and Assemblyman Reid Gusciora chimed in to bring some insight to this very controversial issue.

“Well there was a lawsuit filed, and in a nutshell, Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson said that gays and lesbians in effect starting October 21st may start getting married. The Christie administration appealed the decision and also petitioned the Supreme Court to issue a stay so that Judge Jacobson’s decision would not take effect. The Supreme Court ruled today that they would not grant this stay now allowing, though the case will still go on to be heard in January, gays and lesbians be indeed permitted to marry on October 21st on Monday.” He said.

Same-sex couples are lining up today to take advantage of New Jersey’s newest ruling and are looking forward to taking the plunge, but there are also some regulations still in place.

“There is a 72-hour waiting period for married couples, that’s to prevent the Britney Spears Weekend Wedding Act. All married couples in the state have to wait 72 hours so as a matter of course even if gays and lesbians are permitted to marry on Oct 21st.” He said.

This issue is extremely controversial because many feel like Judge Jacobson may have overstepped her bounds and it’s not clear whether or not the people of New Jersey, the voters, actually had a fair say in the ruling.

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