BREAKING: Governor Christie Withdraws Appeal Against New Jersey Marriage Equality


According to Bloomberg News, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has advised Acting Attorney General John Hoffman to withdraw the state’s appeal to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage. His administration said Monday morning that “the Governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his Administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.” The Court’s ruling on Friday allowing marriage equality to proceed while the case was still being considered strongly indicated how they’d likely rule, but without an appeal, the lower court’s marriage equality ruling will stand.

It’s unclear if there is any process by which opponents of marriage equality could intervene at this point, but even if they did and the case played out, it likely wouldn’t change the Supreme Court’s ruling. At this point, it seems that the fight for marriage equality in New Jersey is over.

Check out videos of the various marriage ceremonies that took place Monday morning as the ruling took effect.