Monday, October 21, 2013
As I have previously discussed, Governor Chris Christie recently appealed a court decision allowing same-sex marriage in New Jersey. Gov. Christie has now withdrawn his appeal after the state’s Supreme Court rejected his attempt to prevent marriages until the appeal was resolved.
Christie’s decision has effectively removed the last hurdle to legalizing same-sex marriage in New Jersey. New Jersey has now joined thirteen other states and the District of Columbia in allowing same-sex marriages.
The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously decided to deny Christie’s request for a stay on marriages and said in its decision that his appeal had no “reasonable probability of success.” A Christie aide said continuing with the appeal would be “a fool’s errand.”
See Marc Santora & Kate Zernike, Christie Withdraws Appeal of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling in New Jersey, The New York Times, Oct. 21, 2013.