BY BOB HOLT
Civil unions between gay couples in New Jersey do not have the same rights and benefits as same-sex marriages, according to a Superior Court judge in Mercer County.
New Jersey will be required to allow same-sex marriages by October 21, as ruled by Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson. Governor Chris Christie is expected to appeal.
Christie has supported putting the gay marriage issue on a referendum to be decided by the state’s voters. Christie’s press secretary Michael Drewniak said, according to the Los Angeles Times, "Since the Legislature refused to allow the people to decide expeditiously, we will let the Supreme Court make this constitutional determination.”