Montclair, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signaled that he will fight a ruling that ordered the State of New Jersey to begin granting same-sex marriage licenses, according to CBS News.
As Jessica Schneider reported, Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled in a summary judgment Friday that now that the federal government recognizes gay marriages, not doing so in New Jersey would violate the state constitution.
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.
Christie’s office said he will likely appeal the ruling, and will likely seek a stay to prevent same-sex marriages from beginning next month. He said in a statement that he “will let the Supreme Court make this constitutional determination.”
Christie has always maintained this should be an issue for the people and decided by them, not the courts or lawmakers. He vetoed a same-sex marriage bill last year.
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