New Jersey to allow gay marriage

Republican governor Chris Christie lost his bid to delay gay marriage in his state as the New Jersey State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that marriages between two same-sex partners can begin October 21st.

A lower state court had previously ruled that the state must allow same-sex marriages.  Anti-marriage-freedom governor Christie requested a stay of the decision.

The court’s decision is a victory for freedom-loving Americans who recognize that governments have no legitimate place regulating who can marry.  Treating all people equal under the law is a tenant ingrained in the culture of the United States, even though several states stubbornly remain in control of the social issue.

New Jersey becomes the thirteenth state to officially recognize same sex marriages.

 

In 5-4 decision, Supreme Court rules DOMA unconstitutional

In a sharply divided and much anticipated case, the highest court in the land ruled that the Defense of Marriage act – a piece of legislation that defines marriage as a “heterosexual union” –  is unconstitutional because it denies same-sex couples government benefits that heterosexual couples already enjoy.

12 states have now amended their own statues to allow for same sex marriage, and coupled with the Supreme Court ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, our nation is finally on its path of protecting equal rights among all of its law-abiding citizens regardless of sexual orientation.

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