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NJ Gov. Chris Christie Drops Same-Sex Marriage Appeal

Same-sex marriages in New Jersey, which began at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, will continue unchallenged as the official law of the land now that Gov. Chris Christie has officially dropped his appeal of Judge Mary Jacobson's ruling that a same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. 

Asbury Park Press reports:

The administration of Gov. Chris Christie this morning dropped its appeal of a court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Last week’s denial of a stay of a Superior Court judge’s ruling that allowed same-sex marriages to go forward as of 12:01 a.m. this morning left no ambiguity on how the court would eventually rule on the appeal, the administration said in a press release.

“Although the Governor strongly disagrees with the Court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the Court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law,” the administration’s release stated. “The Governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his Administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”

Victory!

Congratulations to all same-sex couples in New Jersey that have crossed their final hurdle in their fight for marriage equality!