TRENTON – The head of one of the organizations championing traditional marriage sees today’s court ruling allowing gay marriage in New Jersey to proceed on Monday as a sad day.
“We are very, very concerned,” said Len Deo, executive director of N.J. Family Policy Council.
“The Supreme Court denying a stay is very problematic, with a case to be heard three months from now. What does that say about the case? It’s like they’re predeciding it. We are stunned.”
The court today would not stay a lower court’s ruling that gay people in New Jersey can start marrying on Monday.
The high court will hear oral arguments early next year, but Deo is concerned the court already has made up its mind before hearing the arguments.
“It’s an amazing thing that they would not let the state put forth its arguments,’’ he said. “It’s a sad day for New Jersey.
“It’s typical New Jersey Supreme Court judicial activism at its height.
“We are no longer ruled by freely elected representatives, but by a black-robed oligarchy,’’ Deo said.
Some supporters of traditional marriage recently called for a referendum to let the people decide.
Gov. Chris Christie’s press secretary, Michael Drewniak, issued a statement in response to the court ruling:
“The Supreme Court has made its determination. While the Governor firmly believes that this determination should be made by all the people of the State of New Jersey, he has instructed the Department of Health to cooperate with all municipalities in effectuating the order of the Superior Court under the applicable law.”