Hours after same-sex weddings began in the state of New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie withdrew his appeal of the state court’s ruling to allow same-sex marriages, the last of the marriages’ legal hurdles.
“Although the Governor strongly disagrees with the Court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the Court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law,” Christie’s office said in a written statement. “The Governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his Administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”
A New Jersey state judge recently ruled that the state was discriminating against gay couples by allowing civic unions but not marriage, a violation of the state constitution. Christie appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court, which on Friday refused to delay the order allowing marriages to start Monday morning.
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