Legal News of the Day: N.J. Supreme Court Rules State Must Allow Same Sex Marriages

On Friday, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the state must begin recognizing same sex marriages.  Thew lower court ruling found that civil unions deprive same-sex couples of federal benefits enjoyed by married couples.  That ruling was challenged by Governor Chris Christie, but the Chief Justice rejected the state’s claim that it would suffer irreparable harm if the order was allowed to stand.  As such, the lower court’s ruling was allowed to stand, pending a hearing on the merits in January.