I don’t have terribly fond memories of the Garden State, but I gotta say that this improved my opinion of the place quite a bit.
In a decision likely to stoke the contentious election-year debate over same-sex marriage, the New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that state lawmakers must provide the rights and benefits of marriage to gay and lesbian couples.
The high court on Wednesday gave legislators six months to either change state marriage laws to include same-sex couples, or come up with another mechanism, such as civil unions, that would provide the same protections and benefits.
The court’s vote was 4-to-3. But the ruling was more strongly in favor of same-sex marriage than that split would indicate. The three dissenting justices argued the court should have extended full marriage rights to homosexuals, without kicking the issue back to legislators.
This is why courts exist: to protect the Constitution and the liberties of America from the perversions of evil men. Perversion is not what goes on behind closed doors between consenting adults, but what goes on behind closed doors between all-too-consenting legislators.
The best part? This is really nationwide:
Opponents of same-sex marriage contend the New Jersey decision could have a national impact because the state imposes no residency requirements for people seeking marriage. In essence, it could open the door for gay and lesbian couples from other states to marry in New Jersey and challenge laws against same-sex marriage in their own states.
Thank you, New Jersey, for standing up for liberty and justice for all.