The Huffington Post reports:
Judge Mary Jacobson of the Mercer County Superior Court ruled Friday that gay couples can marry in the Garden State starting October 21.
“This unequal treatment requires that New Jersey extend civil marriage to same-sex couples to satisfy equal protection guarantees of the New Jersy Constitution as interpreted by the New Jersey Supreme Court in Lewis,” wrote the judge. “Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution.”
Jacobson said she made her decision in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on United States v. Windsor, but the ruling is likely to be appealed.
This news comes the same day as a ruling from an Illinois judge that a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s same-sex marriage ban — which the attorney general declined to defend — can proceed on due process and equal protection grounds. The decision came in response to a motion for dismissal of the case by the anti-marriage equality defense.