Monday, October 21, 2013
Courts - "A challenge to same-sex marriage ends" in New Jersey
Updating earlier ILB entries, The State of New Jersey is no longer challenging the lower court ruling allowing same sex marriage.
Lyle Denniston has a report here at SCOTUSblog. Some quotes:
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, convinced that the state’s challenge to same-sex marriages would fail in the state supreme court, on Monday had his legal staff withdraw an appeal on the issue. * * *
As a result, a ruling in September by a state judge in Trenton becomes final, as of Monday, making New Jersey the fourteenth state — along with Washington, D.C. — to allow same-sex couples to wed. In fact, marriages of some of the couples have already begun in the state.
Governor Christie’s office said that the opinion released last Friday by the state supreme court “left no ambiguity about the unanimous court’s view on the ultimate decision in this matter.” While the governor “strongly disagrees with the Court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people,” he said that the court had now ”spoken clearly” on New Jersey law and he would carry out the ruling through state agencies.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 21, 2013 12:54 PM
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