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The Imperial Judiciary Imposes Same Sex Marriage In New Jersey

Wednesday, October 25, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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New Jersey joins Massachusetts in transitioning away from democratic government as the New jersey Supreme Court imposes same sex marriage on the Garden State.  From the opening of the syllabus:

HELD: Denying committed same-sex couples the financial and social benefits and privileges given to their married heterosexual counterparts bears no substantial relationship to a legitimate governmental purpose. The Court holds that under the equal protection guarantee of Article I, Paragraph 1 of the New Jersey Constitution, committed samesex couples must be afforded on equal terms the same rights and benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex couples under the civil marriage statutes. The name to be given to the statutory scheme that provides full rights and benefits to same sex couples, whether marriage or some other term, is a matter left to the democratic process.

The citizens of New Jersey retain naming rights.  The irony-challenged justices must be wondering what the fuss is about.

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