Friday, September 27, 2013
Federal judge forces same-sex marriage issue in New Jersey
A federal judge in Trenton NJ has ruled that New Jersey must recognize same-sex marriages, because its civil union law denies same-sex couples federal benefits, apparently in defiance of the Equal Protection Clause. The Reuters story by Joseph Ax and Edith Honan is here.
Governor Chris Christie (R), normally a moderate (and generally a pragmatist), has opposed same-sex marriage. It is not clear if he will appeal the ruling.
Reuters has also reported that Exxon-Mobil now says it will offer benefits to partners in same-sex marriages (it’s not clear if that’s only legal spouses). Exxon-Mobil has had a questionable reputation on LGBT rights in the past.