New Jersey is about to become the 14 state to allow same-sex marriages after the state supreme court refused to grant a request from Gov. Chris Christie for a delay. NBC’s Pete Williams reports.
Same-sex marriages will begin Monday in New Jersey after the state Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state must begin granting same-sex marriage licenses, a rebuff to Gov. Chris Christie.
Christie, a Republican, favors civil unions, which New Jersey has offered since 2007, but he opposes same-sex marriage. The state had tried to delay the granting of marriage licenses pending an appeal of a ruling last month that found that it must allow same-sex couples to marry, saying not doing so deprived them of rights the U.S. Supreme Court guaranteed in June.
Christie had asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to freeze a state judge’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage until it heard the case in January and made a final decision, but the court, in a unanimous ruling, found that the state had “not shown a reasonable probability it will succeed on the merits.”
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Gov. Chris Christie had asked the state Supreme Court to freeze same-sex marriages until issued a final ruling next year.
In a statement Friday afternoon, Christie’s office said that while he disagrees with the ruling, “the Supreme Court has made its determination” and directed the state Health Department to comply.
New Jersey will become the 14th state to recognize same-sex marriage, in addition to the District of Columbia.