Thursday, October 24, 2013
From the Jurist:
A New Jersey judge denied the state's motion to stay her September 27 order to begin permitting same-sex couples to enter civil marriages on October 21. On October 1, the state requested that the court stay its order until the "ultimate arbiter of substantial constitutional issues of first impression," the Supreme Court, renders its decision. In her statement of reasons, Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson concluded:
Enforcing the Order will not cause the State to suffer irreparable harm, the State does not have a likelihood of succeeding on appeal, and balancing the equities heavily favors rejecting the motion for a stay. Plaintiffs would suffer many hardships of constitutional magnitude if the stay were to be issued, but the State has not demonstrated how it would suffer in any meaningful way if the Order is enforced.
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