State files reply to same-sex marriage advocates’ court petition

TRENTON – The state filed another brief with the courts Monday again asking a judge to block same-sex marriages from taking place in New Jersey later this month.

The state’s Office of the Attorney General filed additional paperwork after same-sex marriage advocates petitioned the courts last week to deny the state’s request to hold off on gay marriages until the New Jersey Supreme Court can rule on the issue.

The AG’s office argues “given the substantial change in a basic social institution that [the] court’s decision effects,” a judge should first allow the case to go to the state’s high court before same-sex marriages are technically permitted on Oct. 21.

The state is requesting a stay of last month’s order by Judge Mary Jacobson that beginning later this month, New Jersey should allow gay marriage. 

State files reply to same-sex marriage advocates’ court petition