Once again, a Court ruled that New Jersey’s constitution requires the state to recognize same-sex marriages. The Superior Court recognized that the government had to provide the same benefits to same-sex couples who were married under state law as to other married couples.
In 2012, the New Jersey Legislature had passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, but it was vetoed by Governor Chris Christie. The Christie administration asked the state Supreme Court to grant a stay of the decision pending appeal. On October 18, 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously denied the request for a stay. Three days later, on the day the trial court ruling went into effect and local officials had begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and some wedding ceremonies had been performed, the Governor withdrew the state’s appeal.