Friday, September 27, 2013
Courts - A NJ State Superior judge ruled Friday that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry [Updated]
That is the word from this NY Times story by Kate Zernike and Marc Santora.
From the NYT story:
“The ineligibility of same-sex couples for federal benefits is currently harming same-sex couples in New jersey in a wide range of contexts,” she wrote.[Updated at 5:17 PM] Here is a useful post from Will Baude at The Volokh Conspiracy, headed "Understanding Today’s Ruling About New Jersey Civil Unions."
For instance, civil union partners who are federal employees living in New Jersey are not eligible for rights in regard to the federal pension system. [ILB: NJ currently does allow civil unions, but not marriage]
It is the first time a court has struck down a state ban on same-sex marriage as a direct result of the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Judge Jacobson’s opinion, which the state may move to appeal, said that same-sex marriages would be allowed starting next month.
The opinion was provided in a summary judgment in a case brought by Garden State Equality, a gay rights advocacy group.
“Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution,” she wrote.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 27, 2013 03:41 PM
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