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New Jersey Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Marriage Equality Case

It looks like the debate over marriage equality is headed all the way to the New Jersey Supreme Court. 

The Associated Press reports:

The state's highest court on Friday agreed to hear a case on whether gay marriage should be legal and whether same-sex weddings can be performed while it decides.

A lower-court judge ruled last month that the state must legalize same-sex marriage starting Oct. 21, but Gov. Chris Christie's administration said in a court filing Friday that a single judge should not be able to force New Jersey to do so.

The argument was included in a brief the state submitted in support of its emergency appeal after a state judge refused to delay her order that New Jersey legalize same-sex marriage as of Oct. 21.

"To overhaul such an ancient social institution prematurely, precipitously, or in a manner ultimately deemed unnecessary would injure not only the public interest, but the State that represents this interest," the state attorney general's office said in its brief.

The state Supreme Court accepted the case Friday, skipping the normal course of letting an appeals court hear it first. Oral arguments were scheduled for January.

We're admittedly a little confused on the ins-and-outs this, but as we understand it the plaintiffs--meaning the same-sex couples fighting for marriage--have until Tuesday do file a response to the Christie administration's emergency appeal. 

The Supreme Court would then decide whether or not to place a stay on allowing same-sex marriages to begin on Oct. 21. That decision would be announced before Oct. 21. 

The Supreme Court would then hear oral arguments on the full case beginning January 6 or 7.

Crazy that this is so complicated considering the majority of New Jersey voters are in favor of same-sex marriage. It sounds like a lot of wasted time, money, and effort. 

What's your take, Instincters?



This so-called "devout Catholic" never gives up.  Thank God I live across the river where I have been happily married, legally and otherwise, for years.

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