Same-sex couples must be permitted to marry in New Jersey, a state judge ruled on September 27, arguing that the parallel label "civil unions" -- which the state already allows gay couples -- is illegally preventing them from getting federal benefits, The Bold Truth website reports today (September 29, 2013).
The judge ordered that same-sex marriages be allowed starting October 21, but that date could be delayed on appealing the decision.
The office of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the case will be appealed to the New Jersey Supreme Court.
The ruling cites the U.S. Supreme Court's June rejection of part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) -- a move that ensured same-sex spouses legally married in a state may receive federal benefits.