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New Jersey Supreme Court rules that gay couples can marry from next week

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  1. That brings the total number of Americans living in marriage equality states to well over 100 million. Tipping point, here we come.

  2. Brilliant!!!! I sincerely hope Christie is made to pay the legal costs of his ridiculous, homophobic challenge out of his own pocket.

    1. That There Other David 19 Oct 2013, 4:40pm

      Christie himself isn’t homophobic. His problem is that he has his eye on the White House, and therefore needs votes from homophobes to secure the nomination. He’ll be ecstatic with this decision behind closed doors, since it lets him off the hook with regards to signing a Bill into law AND allows him to throw a few lines about “activist judges” into his campaign speeches.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Oct 2013, 4:57pm

        I’m not so sure if he’s not homophobic when he just said publicly that he would oppose equal marriage even if his child was gay which sends a very negative signal to other children struggling to accept their orientation. He’s a coward in my book.

      2. Not homophobic? He is definitely not an ally in any instance, so the effect is the same.

        But otherwise, you’re correct. He is relieved of this issue, and it allows him to huff and puff and say that he tried.

  3. Having read the decision on the TRO, it is inconceivable that the final result will be any different. It explicitly says:
    “Because, among other reasons, the State has not shown a reasonable probability of success on the merits, the trial court’s order –directing State Officials to permit same sex couples who are otherwise eligible to enter into civil marriage starting October 21, 2013–remains in effect.”

    Then it goes on to analyze the case and basically agrees with every legal point the judge used to make her initial ruling; it’s based on the NJ state Constitution, not the Federal Constitution so it cannot be appealed further. And it was a 7-0 Decision.

    1. In theory, decisions of state supreme courts can be appealed US Supreme Court if there is a substantial Constitutional question at issue. Since this case impacts the Equal Treatment provisions of the 14th Amendment, the state could appeal — which will go exactly nowhere, since it raises an issue the Supremes dodged in Prop 8 — civil unions vs. marriage.

      Basically, the state supreme court is telling Christie “get over it.”

  4. New Jersey, New Mexico then Hawaii over the next month. Oregon and Illinois next year and Nevada, Colorado and Wisconsin in 2015!

    Still waiting for the more YES votes in the Illinois House!!!!!!

    We need at least 61 YES votes in the Illinois House – already passed (by over 30 votes) in the Illinois Senate back in February…

    Here in Australia – NOTHING, still waiting very patiently for marriage equality!!!!

    Hey all bigots and homophobes you will NOT win!!!!!

    “We will fight for marriage equality in the Highest Courts”;
    “We will fight for the YES votes on marriage equality in the National Congress and all 50 state Legislatures”;
    “We will fight for the right to marriage equality at the ballot box” and;
    “We will fight for marriage equality by changing and challenging bigoted-minded attitudes from bigots and homophobes”.

    Get on with it, lets pass this. Get it done and get it dusted and let’s move foward into the 21st century!

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Oct 2013, 4:58pm

      Keeping my fingers crossed ACT gets equal marriage shortly to start the ball rolling. Tasmania next hopefully.

  5. Jock S. Trap 19 Oct 2013, 10:51am

    Excellent… It’s good to see justice and common sense prevailing to help provide an equal, fair, more decent society.

    Well done Supreme Court!

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Oct 2013, 2:10pm

    Amazing that marriages can begin just two to three days after the Supreme Court has issued an order, while we in the UK have to wait a year. I know it has to do with 8,000 rules and regulations directly impacted by same-sex marriages, but surely it’s no different in countries where we can marry.

    What galls me is that even though ours hasn’t taken effect until early summer 2014, Tory bigot Peter Bone’s marriage referendum bill is headed for second reading on 29th November 2013. It shouldn’t be allowed. If we were already able to marry, I doubt if his hate bill would be going anywhere, not that I think it would, but one never knows. I don’t know why our supporters in Parliament aren’t making any noise about it.

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