New Jersey gets gay marriage order

AFP-JIJI

A judge has ordered New Jersey to allow gay marriage, saying a ban goes against a historic Supreme Court ruling earlier this year.

Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that such marriages should be authorized as of Oct. 21, writing that “same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution.”

Gay couples in the East Coast state have been able to enter into civil unions. But in her decision Friday, Jacobson wrote that such unions were keeping gay couples from enjoying federal benefits.