NJ: 1 Judge Can’t Force Gay Marriage Recognition
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration says a single judge shouldn’t be able to force the state to recognize gay marriage.
That’s one of the arguments in legal papers filed Friday by the state in support of its effort to delay implementation of a judge’s order last month that gay marriage be legal in the state as of Oct. 21.
The brief for an appeals court comes a day after Judge Mary Jacobson turned down New Jersey’s request to delay the effective date of her order while the state Supreme Court decides whether she was right.
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A New Jersey judge has reaffirmed her call for the state to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Oct. 21, but the administration of Gov. Chris Christie is taking another crack at putting the mandate on hold.
Both developments came Thursday and are the latest in a flurry of legal activity over whether the state should allow gay couples to marry.
Last month, Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that the state must recognize same-sex nuptials starting Oct. 21, saying the state is blocking some of its residents from federal legal protection for their relationships.
The administration of Christie, a Republican and possible 2016 presidential candidate, is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn Jacobson’s decision.