Monday, October 23, 2006

Is New Jersey Next?

New Jersey could be the next state with legal same-sex marriage. There are rumors that New Jersey's highest court will be ruling on same-sex marriage sometime this week.

Seven gay and lesbian couples went to court in 2002 when they were denied marriage licences. A lower New Jersey court ruled against them and they appealed to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Many people think that the court will rule this week to
coincide with the retirement of Chief Justice Deborah Poritz. Her last day on the bench is this Wednesday. Other people believe that the ruling will not come until after her successor is sworn in.

Garden State Equality is preparing for a decision that could go either way. They are planning events to celebrate a good ruling and discussing how to protest a bad ruling. This is what they say on their website:
If our side wins the case, this rally is about protecting the victory from a state constitutional ban on marriage equality. If our side loses the case, this rally -- and our entire campaign -- is about passing a marriage equality statute in the state legislature.
We are hoping for a good ruling in New Jersey, especially after the anti-gay New York and Washington decisions. It will take a lot of heat off of Massachusetts if we had another state with legal same-sex marriage.

The ruling could come down tomorrow or the next day. Although it might not be until next month. There is no way to know exactly when it will happen. Stay tuned here for updates on the New Jersey decision and other issues affecting the LGBT community.

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At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

I hope they wait until next month, thats all we need is another stateallowing same-sex marriage just in time to motivate the right to get out and vote.

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Chris Mason said...

The latest news from Garden State Equality says that the court will not be ruling this week.

At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Public Agenda said...

Surveys indicate that public attitude toward gay marriage changes based on question wording and whether the word "marriage" is used. Results like these suggest that many people are still wrestling with the implications of same-sex marriage, so surveys on this issue should be interpreted cautiously. Want to know more about what the public thinks about same-sex marriage and other issues surrounding gay rights? Check out Public Agenda’s Issue Guide on Gay Rights.

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