ASBURY PARK, N.J. — 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.
Christie and his Acting Attorney General John Hoffman had filed an appeal to the State Supreme Court after a lower court ruled that same-sex couples could begin to get married in New Jersey at midnight Monday, but Christie withdrew the appeal Monday morning.
A statement from Christie’s office noted that when the State Supreme Court denied the governor’s efforts to delay same-sex marriages, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner wrote in the denial that “same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today.”
“Although the governor strongly disagrees with the court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law,” the governor’s statement said. “The governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”
Meanwhile, across the state same-sex couples began marrying shortly after midnight Monday.
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