TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The administration of the New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie asked the top state court Monday to take an appeal of a ruling ordering the state to allow gay marriage.
Citing “far-reaching implications,” Acting Attorney General John Hoffman made the request in a letter to the state Supreme Court, which usually does not weigh in on cases until after an appeals court has made a ruling on them.
Hoffman said he is also asking the judge who issued the decision Friday to grant a stay, delaying the implementation date from Oct. 21 until the matter can be settled.
An appeal from Christie’s administration is no surprise. Within hours of the ruling, Christie’s spokesman issued a statement saying he did not intend to let the trial court order stand in an issue in an issue that has been fought repeatedly both in New Jersey’s courts and Legislature.
Advocates for gay marriage did not want Christie, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, to continue his fight against allowing same-sex couples to tie the knot in New Jersey. But they do want the issue fast-tracked to the state’s top court if he does continue to fight it.
Democratic legislative leaders said as much at a news conference on Friday.
“We know it’s going there so there should be no delay,” Senate President Steve Sweeney said. “By Oct. 21st, people should know, yes or no. ”
Meanwhile Monday, Democrats who control the New Jersey Legislature on Monday called for the state Supreme Court to fast-track a gay marriage decision so same-sex couples waiting to marry would know next month whether they can tie the knot here.
Democrats held a news conference at the Statehouse to urge Christie to drop the appeal – although the Republican governor who is a possible candidate for president in 2016 is unlikely to abandon the fight.
“The governor is a trained attorney,” State Sen. Loretta Weinberg said. “He knows there is no way he can win this appeal. There is no logic behind it.”