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.