TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey judge has ruled that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry.
In a summary judgment issued Friday, Judge Mary Jacobson says now that the federal government recognizes gay marriages, not doing so in New Jersey would violate the state constitution.
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Her order says the marriages could begin Oct. 21, which gives the state time to appeal and ask for a stay to block marriages from happening.
As CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported, the ruling is a result of a lawsuit brought by Garden State Equality.