New Jersey judge paves way for same-sex marriages

Posted: October 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

(CNN) — A New Jersey judge rejected the state’s appeal to halt same-sex marriages on Thursday, clearing the way for couples to marry later this month.

Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson denied the state’s motion to stay her September 27 ruling that civil unions were insufficient because they hindered federal benefits.

In that ruling, Jacobson cited the U.S. Supreme Court‘s June rejection of part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a move that ensured that same-sex spouses legally married in a state may receive federal benefits.


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