New Jersey Judge Rules State Must Recognize Gay Marriage

Marriage equality is coming to New Jersey, after a judge has ruled the state must recognize marriages between gay couples.

Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that starting October 21, gay couples can marry in New Jersey, citing the June 26 ruling in United States vs. Windsor for her decision.

"This unequal treatment requires that New Jersey extend civil marriage to same-sex couples to satisfy equal protection guarantees of the New Jersey Constitution as interpreted by the New Jersey Supreme Court in Lewis," Jacobson wrote. "Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution."

The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by six gay couples, who argued the state should recognize civil unions as marriage.