TRENTON – Garden State Equality Director Troy Stevenson praised today’s ruling denying the state’s attempt to delay gay marriage in New Jersey, but cautioned they still have hurdles to clear.
“It’s amazing, exactly what we were hoping for,’’ he said. Judge Mary Jacobson turned back the state’s request that she delay her ruling that starting on Oct. 21, gay marriages should be allowed in New Jersey.
But because the state could pursue a stay by going to other appellate courts, Stevenson said, “the fastest route to success is still the legislative root.’’
Senate Democrats have said they will call a session to attempt an override of Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of the gay marriage bill once they are sure they have the votes. They need to transform three no votes into yes votes.
New Jersey United For Marriage Campaign Manager Mike Premo added in a release that “The fact that those who have waited so long for this moment can get married in just 11 days is truly amazing and something to be celebrated.”
In addition, he said that “the court’s decision that only marriage creates true equality reaffirms the fact that lawmakers who support marriage equality will have their feet firmly planted on the right side of history.”
Opponents of gay marriage are calling for legislative leaders to put the question to voters in the form of a referendum but Senate President Steve Sweeney has been consistent in saying that he considers is a civil rights issue and such issues should not be put up to popular vote.
Speaker Sheila Oliver said in a release reacting to the ruling that “Gov. Christie needs to finally get the message and stop doing everything he can to stand in the way of civil rights. I sincerely hope he now drops his effort to prevent all loving couples from receiving equal treatment under the law.”