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New Jersey Judge Green-Lights Gay Marriage

Arash Zandi |
September 27, 2013 | 2:59 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Gay marriage may soon become reality in New Jersey (Wikimedia Commons)
Gay marriage may soon become reality in New Jersey (Wikimedia Commons)
The most densely populated state in the country could be the latest state to allow same-sex marriages after a state court judge declared that gay couples must be allowed to marry and access federal benefits, reported NBC.

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Judge Mary Jacobson noted that "Same sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution," adding that the civil unions allowed by New Jersey are not similar to federal benefits granted after the Supreme Court scrapped the Defense of Marriage Act. Governor Christie's administration has until the date of October 21 to bring forth a plea or to allow the procedure to progress onward, but they are expected to appeal.

Read the full story at NBC here.


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