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.