Sunday, October 20, 2013

Supreme Court Mandates 'Gay Marriage' in New Jersey

Last year, the New Jersey legislature, controlled by Democrats, passed a same-sex "marriage" bill that was then vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie, but now, the courts in the state have unanimously ruled that homosexuals must be issued marriage licenses beginning tomorrow.
"While the governor firmly believes that this determination should be made by all the people of the State of New Jersey, he has instructed the Department of Health to cooperate with all municipalities in effectuating the order."
-- Gov. Chris Christie's spokesman Michael Drewniak
For background, read Same-sex 'Marriage' Passes New Jersey Legislature, but Gov. Vetos Bill

Also read Homosexuality NOT a Sin, Says Gov. Christie's Law

In addition, read 'Gay Marriage' Sweeps New England. D'ya Notice?

UPDATE 10/21/13: With his re-election day looming, Gov. Christie announces his acceptance of "gay marriage."

-- From "Same-sex marriages to begin Monday in NJ" by The Associated Press 10/18/13

The ruling puts New Jersey on the cusp of becoming the 14th state -- and the third most populous among them -- to allow same-sex marriage. The advocacy group Freedom to Marry said that as of Monday, one-third of Americans will live in a place where same-sex marriage is legal.

A judge on a lower court had ruled last month that New Jersey must recognize same-sex marriage and set Monday as the date to allow weddings. Christie, a Republican who is considered a possible 2016 presidential candidate, appealed the decision and asked for the start date to be put on hold while the state appeals.

New Jersey's top court agreed last week to take up the appeal of the lower-court ruling. Oral arguments are expected Jan. 6 or 7.

In Friday's opinion, [New Jersey's Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart] Rabner wrote that the state has not shown that it is likely to prevail in the case . . .

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From "New Jersey same-sex marriages can begin Monday, state’s Supreme Court rules" by Aaron Blake and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post 10/18/13

. . . Opponents, meanwhile, said the decision showed how judicial activism could distort the political process.

“The definition of marriage is something that should be decided by the people of New Jersey themselves, not by any judge or court,” Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said in a statement.

Udi Ofer, executive director of the American Civil Liberties of New Jersey, said the best solution would be for the state legislature to legalize same-sex marriage by the end of the year. Advocates of same-sex marriage need to pick up three votes in the state Senate and 12 in the General Assembly to override Christie’s veto by January; in recent weeks, six Assembly members, four Republicans and two Democrats, have announced that they now support same-sex marriage.

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From "New Jersey top court rules gay marriages can begin on Monday" by Joseph Ax, Reuters 10/18/13

Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson in Trenton ruled three weeks ago in favor of gay couples who had challenged the state's civil union law, finding that it unfairly restricted federal benefits that are guaranteed for married couples.

Jacobson's decision made New Jersey the first state to lift a gay marriage ban as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June to strike down [only ONE portion of] the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

The Supreme Court's ruling prompted a flurry of court filings from advocates in states across the country.

Next week, gay rights advocates will argue for marriage in New Mexico Supreme Court. A federal judge in Michigan this week set a February trial date for a gay marriage case there.

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Also read Gay Agenda will be Complete when Christians are Muzzled, Say Homosexualists as well as Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

In addition, read More High-profile Republicans Going Gay Agenda and thus the Nationwide Marriage Amendment Puts Republicans to the Test