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Wednesday, October 25, 2006


New Jersey Supreme Court says "I Do" to same-sex marriage

Sounds like a Vermont situation. Now, it goes to the legislature. The legislature has 180 days to craft something legal.

I would suggest that a better headline would be "New Jersey Supreme Court says "I Kinda Sorta Almost Do" to same-sex marriage".
Interestingly, the 3 dissenting Justices dissented because they felt there should be same-gender marriage rather than allow for Civil Unions. So all 7 Justices agreed that same-gender couples deserved marriage benefits.

However, the opinion doesn't state what happends if the NJ Legislature doesn't act in 180 days. I imagine if that happens the licensing authorities in NJ may start issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples, or a lower court judge may order that to happen. This possibility might spur the pro-gay marriage forces in the Legislature to try stalling any civil unions laws. It will be interesting to see what happens either way.

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