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N.J. ban on gay marriage barred

Judge rules state law is a violation of federal rights

A New Jersey judge ruled Friday that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry, finding that failing to do so deprives them of rights that are now guaranteed by the federal government following a ruling by the Supreme Court in June.

It is the first time a court has struck down a state ban on same-sex marriage as a direct result of the Supreme Court’s ruling, and it comes as Governor Chris Christie continues to oppose allowing gay marriage in the state. The state could appeal. In a statement, Christie declined to say whether his administration would seek to prevent same-sex weddings beginning Oct. 21, as the judge ordered.

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