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Gay Marriage Discussion Starts in NJ

by Associated Press
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New Jersey Democrats plan to discuss marriage equality

New Jersey's Democratic legislative leaders plan to discuss marriage equality.

Monday's new conference comes after a state judge on Friday said the state must allow gay couples to wed starting Oct. 21.

The judge sided with gay and lesbian couples and a gay rights group that argued the state is violating New Jersey's constitution by denying federal benefits to the couples by not letting them marry.

The ruling was the first of its kind in any state court relying on a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down key parts of a law that blocked the federal government from granting benefits to gay couples.

Gov. Chris Christie's administration said it would appeal the ruling.

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