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Likely Christie Appeal Casts Pall on Superior Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

Gay rights activists are celebrating a New Jersey judge's decision Friday that same-sex couples can legally marry in the Garden State. But they still have questions about when they can actually tie the knot. The superior court judge set October 21 as the day they can apply for licenses, but Gov. Chris Christie has said he would appeal the ruling, and it's not clear whether he will seek a stay.

Likely Christie Appeal Casts Pall on Superior Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

Gay rights activists are celebrating a New Jersey judge's decision Friday that same-sex couples can legally marry in the Garden State. But they still have questions about when they can actually tie the knot. The superior court judge set October 21 as the day they can apply for licenses, but Gov. Chris Christie has said he would appeal the ruling, and it's not clear whether he will seek a stay.

Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director at Lambda Legal, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, said the immediate impact would be to allow New Jersey’s same-sex couples can marry 72 hours after they apply for licenses. They would then have access to federal benefits.

She also said that public officials -- mayors and others -- would not be able to discriminate in performing marriages; they could opt out only by not performing any weddings. at all. Religious institutions would be exempt.

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