New Jersey Court Rules That State Must Allow Gay Marriage


A New Jersey judge ruled Friday that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry in light of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in June striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

The ruling makes New Jersey the first state to react to the federal ruling by ordering a change in its laws.

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Delaware Makes It 11

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013,  Delaware’s state senate passed a marriage equality bill, which had already been passed in the house.  Almost immediately thereafter, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed the bill into law, making Delaware the eleventh state to recognize same-sex marriage.  The decision to pass the bill is especially significant, because it repeals the ban on same-sex marriage that Delaware has had in place since 1996—the same year DOMA was passed.