For Immediate Release
NJ Court Denies Stay on Marriage Ruling; Same-Sex Couples to Marry Starting Monday
TRENTON, NJ - Today the New Jersey Supreme Court rejected an appeal to delay marriages for same-sex couples in the state, paving the way for the first marriages to begin on Monday, October 21.
Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:
“The state Supreme Court's rejection of Governor Christie's effort to string out the denial of the freedom to marry is joyous news to couples in New Jersey, who can now begin marrying at long last, just like their neighbors in New York and Delaware. And every day, every wedding, every protection made available will show that families are helped and no one hurt when gay couples share in the freedom to marry. While the Supreme Court considers a final ruling in the case over the next several months, the legislature can and should move swiftly to finish the job it began when it passed the freedom to marry bill in 2012. Lawmakers should get on the right side of history, overriding the governor's veto and making the freedom to marry the law of the land in New Jersey for once and for all.“
Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Headed by Evan Wolfson, one of America's leading civil rights advocates and lawyers, Freedom to Marry brings new resources and a renewed context of urgency and opportunity to this social justice movement.