State Supreme Court To Take Up Same-Sex Marriage Case

Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton

Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton

STATE – The state Supreme Court will hear the appeal of a case that could determine the future of marriage equality in New Jersey. The high court will also take over consideration of whether to stay the ruling of Judge Mary Jacobson that would allow same-sex marriage beginning on Monday, Oct. 21.

Briefs are due next month, with the court scheduled to hear oral arguments shortly after the beginning of the new year.

While polls show that New Jersey residents support same-sex marriage, Republican Gov. Chris Christie opposes it and vetoed marriage equality legislation last year. Democrats are still attempting to gain enough votes to override the governor’s veto.

The federal Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this year, and federal agencies are granting benefits to married couples. However, New Jersey’s civil unions are not recognized for this purpose in most instances.

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