New Jersey is now the 14th state in the US to recognize same sex marriage.
Bloomberg News reports that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has “advised Acting Attorney General John Hoffman to withdraw the state’s appeal to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage.” The Christie administration said Monday morning that ““the Governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his Administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”
The State Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday, which allowed same sex marriages to proceed while the case was still being considered was a strong indication of how the Court would likely rule. Without an appeal from the Acting Attorney General the lower court’s marriage equality ruling will stand.
It is not clear if there is any way in which opponents of marriage equality in the state could intervene at this point, but even if they did and the case played out, it would likely not alter the Supreme Court’s ruling. At this point, it seems that the fight for same sex marriage is over in New Jersey.
Watch videos of the various marriage ceremonies that took place Monday morning as the ruling took effect.