The State of New Jersey announced this morning that it is abandoning the state’s appeal of the decision issued by the New Jersey Superior Court that same-sex couples in New Jersey must be allowed to marry. Marriages began at 12:01 a.m. this morning.
Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director for Lambda Legal, said:
Tonight, tomorrow and all week long, wedding bells will ring across New Jersey – and in our hearts, we will know that love and joy are being celebrated by same-sex couples who now share equality and freedom.
Today Lambda Legal filed its opening brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case on behalf of eight same-sex couples challenging the amendment to Nevada’s constitution and other state laws banning marriage for same-sex couples.
In response to the news that some mayors have now started issuing marriage license applications to same-sex couples in New Jersey, Lambda Legal Deputy Legal Director Hayley Gorenberg, who is the organzation's lead attorney on the marriage equality lawsuit, said the following.
Today, in response to the State's motion for a stay of last week's Superior Court decision in favor of marriage equality, Lambda Legal filed a brief on behalf of Garden State Equality, New Jersey's statewide LGBT advocacy organization, and six same-sex couples who seek the freedom to marry, asking the Court to deny the motion.