Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Christie seeks expedited appeal, stay of gay marriage order

N.J. Seeks Stay of Order Requiring Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage:
Gov. Chris Christie's administration on Tuesday asked for a stay of a New Jersey judge's order that the state begin recognizing same-sex marriage, pending appeal to the state's highest court.
Deputy Attorney General Jean Reilly also requested that the state Supreme Court take up the question on direct certification, bypassing the Appellate Division.
"When novel constitutional issues with highly significant policy considerations, far-reaching implications, and countervailing principles are involved, a lower tribunal should make every effort to facilitate meaningful appellate review," Reilly said in her brief in Garden State Equality v. Dow, MER-L-1729-11.
Superior Court Assignment Judge Mary Jacobson did not immediately rule on the state's request. Rather, she gave the plaintiffs seeking the legalization of same-sex marriage until Friday to file a brief in response. Following that, the state has until Oct. 7 to file a reply brief.

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