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NJ judge: State must allow gays to marry

First Published Sep 27 2013 01:01PM      Last Updated Oct 21 2013 04:54 pm
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The Christie administration argued that it’s the federal government’s patchwork of policies rather than the state that is keeping lesbian and gay couples in New Jersey from having the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

Even if Friday’s summary judgment is ultimately rejected on appeal, the broader case would remain, though it would likely take several months before a trial could be held.

The question of gay marriage is also in the Legislature.

In 2012, lawmakers passed a law to allow gay marriage, but Christie, a Republican who is up for re-election in November and is considered a possible contender for president in 2016, vetoed it. He said the question should be decided by a vote of the people rather than by judges or elected representatives.



On Friday, Sheila Oliver, the Democratic speaker of the state Assembly, called on Christie not to appeal the ruling.

Meanwhile, a coalition of gay rights groups has been pushing lawmakers to override the veto by January.

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Associated Press writer Katie Zezima in Newark contributed to this report.

 

 

 

 

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