Gay Marriages Are On for Monday in New Jersey

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Cindy Meneghin, second from right, hugs her attorney Hayley Gorenberg during a rally at Garden State Equality in Montclair, N.J., hours after a Superior Court Judge ruled that New Jersey is unconstitutionally denying federal benefits to gay couples and must allow them to marry Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Meneghin has been with her partner, Maureen Kilian, left, for 39 years. Judge Mary Jacobson ruled it legal for gay couples to marry in the state beginning Oct. 21, 2013. The ruling comes after a group of gay marriage supporters sued the state in July, days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of a law that blocked the federal government from granting benefits to gay couples.
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Chris Christie's last-minute attempt to delay marriage equality in New Jersey failed today. The state's highest court ruled that New Jersey must start granting marriage licenses to gay couples starting Monday, making it the fourteenth state to recognize same-sex weddings. "The state has advanced a number of arguments, but none of them overcome this reality: Same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today," the court ruled. "The harm to them is real, not abstract or speculative." Arguments are still set for January in a state Supreme Court appeal, so the window could be closed. In the meantime, Senator-Elect Cory Booker is ready to get started: He'll begin conducting weddings at Newark City Hall at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.