New Jersey Judge Orders Legalized Gay Marriage Statewide

A New Jersey Superior Court judge has ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, citing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act.

Mercer County Superior Court judge Mary Jacobson ruled that the state must recognize gay marriages in order to guarantee equal protections to same-sex couples according to the New Jersey Constitution. Same-sex marriages can begin on Oct. 21.

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