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Lambda Legal To Fight Stay Of Judge's Ruling Legalizing Gay Marriage In NJ

As previously reported, last week New Jersey judge Mary Jacobson ruled that same-sex couples must be allowed to wed in the Garden State, declaring, "now that the federal government recognizes gay marriages, not doing so in New Jersey would violate the state constitution." Governor Chris Christie, a stalwart opponent of gay marriage, who in the past vetoed marriage equality legislation sent to him by the state legislature, today officially made good on his earlier promise to appeal Judge Jacobson's ruling. Acting State Attorney General John Hoffman in his appeal to the State's Supreme Court also requested a stay which would in effect prevent same-sex couples from marrying "until the matter can be settled." In response, Lambda Legal promptly announced they will fight Hoffman and Christie's attempts to stay Jacobson's decision. Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director at Lambda Legal (pictured below), spoke on behalf of the organization:

Lambdalady"We're going to do everything we can to make sure same-sex couples can begin making plans to marry starting on the date set by the court - Oct 21st. We will file our opposition on Friday and we'll be making the case that  we are likely to win and any delay in allowing same-sex couples to marry is too great a hardship to allow a stay."

Lambda Legal first brought the case in question to the court in 2011. Following the United States v. Windsor ruling that gutted section 3 of DOMA, Lambda Legal asked for summary judgment from the New Jersey Superior Court. Lambda Legal also filed the 2002 Lewis v. Harris case in New Jersey. In that case the state Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples must be afforded the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts, though the Court stopped short of saying that full marriage equality was required under the state's constitution. A civil union law was passed by the state legislature as a result of that ruling.

Lambda Legal is far from the only party displeased with Governor Christie's efforts to fight Judge Jacobson's decision. Among others, Christie has drawn the ire of comedy mogul Judd Apatow, who last week tweeted his displeasure with the Governor's anti-equality positions.


Judd Apatow Tweet-Shames Chris Christie Over Same-Sex Marriage

Judd_apatowJudd Apatow took to Twitter recently to shame New Jersey Governor Chris Christie because of his latest same-sex marriage evasion. 

The controversy stems from Christie's announcement to appeal a court ruling that ordered the state to allow gay couples to marry.

Tweeted Christie last week:

"Thanks to @bodybyjake & @CoCaColaCo. Together we will make a real difference for many kids in New Jersey."

Tweeted Apatow:

"@GovChristie just not gay kids. You are working hard to make sure they have no rights. Despicable. Catch up already. You look ridiculous."

Later adding:

"@GovChristie lots of politicians have announced that their positions have evolved. Maybe you don't want to be the last person to get it."

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Christie maintains that the only way he'll support same-sex marriage in the state is through a ballot referendum. In 2012 he vetoed a bill passed in the house and senate that would have legalized same-sex marriage. 

*Photo via Flickr by david_shankbone


James Franco May Be Smokin' in More Ways Than One

This video recently surfaced of a very out-of-it James Franco giving an interview to MTV about his upcoming projects. One of his next projects happens to be the Judd Apatow-produced Pineapple Express (clip here), a flick about two stoners who get their hands on a special kind of pot called Pineapple Express, set for release in summer 2008.

Perhaps Franco's brand of method acting has simply spilled over into his real life. In that case, Franco is set to play Harvey Milk's lover Scott Smith in the film about the gay rights leader which starts shooting in January, and I know more than a few people who might enjoy helping him get into the role.


Adam Sandler's Roommate Screening Process: Check the Peen

Some puerile news from the world of grown-up fratboys...

Apatow_sandlerDirector Judd Apatow relates a story about his former roommate Adam Sandler:

"Apatow says, 'When we first moved in together, very early on he said, 'Let me see your penis.' I was like, 'No! What do you want to see that for?' He's like, 'I just want to know what I'm dealing with.' He wasn't embarrassed about it... He would tell other people 'Judd won't show me it, he won't show me it.' One day I'm going to the bathroom, standing up and I just see Adam over my shoulder. All he says to me is, 'All right, man. All right.' I guess it was all right."

Sounds about right for Sandler, which brings us to Apatow and gives us a chance to share this clip from the upcoming Apatow-produced film Superbad, on a related topic (possibly NSFW):


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