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The New American: Austin R. Nimocks, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, responded to the news with the declaration that “marriage — the union of husband and wife — is timeless, universal, and special, particularly because children need a mother and a father.” Bruce Hausknecht, a judicial analyst with Focus on the Family, said that Americans dedicated to strong families “have to shake their heads when they see activist courts in action. First the U.S. Supreme Court decides that the federal definition of marriage must be judicially re-written to conform with state definitions that include same-sex marriage. Now a New Jersey court says that its own state definition of marriage is dependent on the new federal definition of marriage. With circular reasoning like that, there is no amount of social engineering that the judiciary cannot accomplish to achieve its own ends.”
New Jersey “gay marriage” begins with Christian protester, Booker says no ‘substantive and worthy objections”
Christian Post: One attendee at the City Hall gathering that attracted dozens then proceeded to stand up and yell: “This is unlawful in the eyes of God and Jesus Christ,” according to NJ.com. The protester was then reportedly escorted out of City Hall and Booker said that because there were no “substantive and worthy objections,” the ceremony could proceed.
Matthew J. Franck at National Review: Last week at Public Discourse, I detailed how New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson turned legal reasoning upside down and inside out in order to reach the conclusion that the state constitution now requires legal recognition of marriage for same-sex couples.
Politicker NJ: The Christie Administration today decided to withdraw its appeal of a lower court’s decision to authorize same-sex marriages in New Jersey, citing the New Jersey Supreme Court’s biased decision not to stay the ruling until the case could be heard in full.
National Review: Bob Vander Plaats, an influential social-conservative leader in Iowa, tells National Review Online that the move doesn’t do any favors for Christie’s potential 2016 presidential run.
Christian Post: The decision was criticized by a number of conservative groups, with Austin R. Nimocks, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom saying: “Marriage – the union of husband and wife – is timeless, universal, and special, particularly because children need a mother and a father.”
USA Today: Hours after same-sex couples lined up Monday across the state to marry, Gov. Chris Christie dropped his administration’s efforts to end gay marriage.
NJ Senator Doherty on marriage: Christie acquiesced to judicial activism, no vote by the people or legislature
Lehigh Valley: “As a member of the Legislature, I am disappointed that same-sex marriage is apparently now the law of New Jersey despite neither the enactment of legislation nor a vote of the people to amend our state constitution,” Doherty, a Republican whose 23rd District covers parts of Warren and Hunterdon counties, said in a statement.
CNN: Senator-elect Cory Booker will move forward with his support of same-sex marriage, with plans to grant the marriages of several same-sex couples 12:01 a.m. Monday after a court ruling goes into effect.
Matthew J. Frank at Public Discourse: A New Jersey judge’s contorted and nonsensical decision that the state is responsible for the federal government’s failure to recognize same-sex marriage highlights the irrationality that permeates the campaign for “marriage equality.”
NJ Star Ledger: Barring a court intervention, New Jersey is mere days from the peals of long-silenced wedding bells for gay marriage. Last week, a judge ruled for the second time that same-sex couples can marry — for real, this time — beginning a week from tomorrow. And once again, Gov. Chris Christie wants to block the path to the altar.
NJ.com: The judge who declared same-sex marriage legal in New Jersey was raised a Catholic in Bayonne, a place where the locals still use their church — not their neighborhood — to define where they’re from.
AP: The state’s highest court on Friday agreed to hear a case on whether gay marriage should be legal and whether same-sex weddings can be performed while it decides. | Lambda Legal press release and link to the order.
ABC (AP): A state judge on Thursday refused to delay her order that New Jersey grant marriage licenses for same-sex couples starting Oct. 21.
AP: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration on Tuesday asked a judge to delay implementation of her order that the state allow gay marriage until an appeal can be decided . . .
Bloomberg BusinessWeek: After then-California Attorney General Jerry Brown and his successor, Kamala Harris, both Democrats, refused to defend Proposition 8, the initiative banning gay marriage in that state, the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom took the case. The Supreme Court ruled its client, a group that sponsored the proposition, couldn’t stand in for the state, because it hadn’t suffered a particular injury. [also posted at Newsmax]
AP: Gov. Chris Christie’s administration on Monday asked New Jersey’s top state court to take an appeal of a judge’s ruling that the state must allow gay marriage.
Bloomberg: Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson heard arguments in Trenton today and said she probably won’t rule until September in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on June 26 that struck down a federal law denying benefits to same-sex married couples.
AP: Lawyers for gay couples and New Jersey’s government laid out their cases to a judge Thursday on whether she should order the state to legalize same-sex marriage in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the matter.
Nathaniel Frank at Slate: Christie’s brief defends civil unions in three ways. First, it argues that the state can rationally restrict the label “marriage” to heterosexual unions because it is “preserving” the definition of the word. Second, it contends that it’s actually the feds who are now blocking gay equality by withholding benefits to civil union partners. And third, it claims that the state courts should move very cautiously when contemplating a major change in social institutions—all fine and well except that, as the state itself admits, calling a gay union a marriage isn’t much of a change anymore.
AP: Lawyers for New Jersey are expected to defend the state’s civil unions for same-sex couples as opposed to gay marriage.
USA Today: Superior Court Assignment Judge Linda Feinberg is allowing the suit against the state to include a previously dismissed argument that New Jersey’s marriage laws deny equal protection under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution