A New Jersey judge was being asked to rule that the state allow gay marriage as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a ban on giving federal benefits to married same-sex couples.
Oral arguments are scheduled for 10 a.m. today in a state court in Trenton on a request by six gay couples and several of their children for an immediate ruling, without their 2-year-old case going to trial.
They want a judgment legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey and recognizing as valid same-sex marriages performed in other states.
New Jersey now allows only civil unions for same-sex couples.
A ruling from the bench by Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson is possible, though it would be a rarity on such a weighty case. Read more »