After becoming the second state in America to ban gay conversion therapy last month, it looks like New Jersey might just become the 14th to legalize same-sex marriage. On Friday, Judge Mary Jacobson, the head judge in Mercer County, ordered her state to begin allowing same-sex marriage. To establish a precedent for the order, she cited the Supreme Court decision to overturn DOMA in June, as well as New Jersey's equal protection laws; making the case that same-sex marriage must be made legal in the state by Oct. 21 this year. In the ruling, which you can read in full here, she wrote: "Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution."
Jacobson's decision will likely be appealed, with at least one analyst already suggesting that it could go all the way to New Jersey's Supreme Court. Still, if the court doesn't officially overturn Jacobson's ruling before Oct. 21, it's entirely possible that couples will legally marry, and remain so, after that date — even if the higher courts invalidate Jacobson's ruling later on.
On Jacobson's side will likely be New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who signed a statewide ban on gay conversion therapy in August. Yes, Christie has opposed same-sex marriage in the past — but let's remember that Obama "evolved" his views on the subject, and Christie's done a whole lot of "evolving" himself lately.
Maybe Obama's been educating him on all their adorable man-dates of late.