NJ Governor Chris Christie Says He'll Appeal Ruling Legalizing Gay Marriage
Hours after Judge Mary Jacobson said that New Jersey's constitution is being violated by a ban on same-sex marriage and ordered it to be lifted by October 21st, Governor Chris Christie's administration said it would appeal the ruling, the AP reports:
On Friday, Christie refused to take questions about the ruling, instead issuing a brief statement through a spokesman.
“Gov. Christie has always maintained that he would abide by the will of the voters on the issue of marriage equality and called for it to be on the ballot this Election Day,” said spokesman Michael Drewniak. “Since the Legislature refused to allow the people to decide expeditiously, we will let the Supreme Court make this constitutional determination.”
Christie vetoed a marriage equality bill passed by both houses of the legislature in February 2012. A legislative override of that veto has been gaining steam in recent weeks, with several prominent Republicans announcing that they would be on the side of equality.
New Jersey Judge Rules Gay Marriage Legal, Orders it to Begin [tlrd]