Basing her ruling on the recent US Supreme Court gay marriage decision, a New Jersey trial court judge has ruled that the state must allow gay New Jerseyans to marry. The state currently permits civil unions. But the ruling was made at the Superior Court level and it is possible for the decision to be appealed all the way to New Jersey's Supreme Court even though gay rights advocates are asking the state to simply accept today's ruling and not to appeal.
That does not seem to be in the cards.
The following was just released from Governor Chris Christies office:
A statement from the Governor’s press secretary, Michael Drewniak:
“Governor 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. Since the legislature refused to allow the people to decide expeditiously, we will let the Supreme Court make this constitutional determination.”