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    October 24, 2006

    N.J. marriage decision due tomorrow

    Posted by: Chris

    A New Jersey Supreme Court official told Reuters today that a ruling issued tomorrow at 3 p.m. will decide whether the state will become the second, after Massachusetts, to conclude that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.  The decision will be posted at that time on the the court's website, the official told Reuters.

    The landmark Massachusetts victory for gay couples has been followed by a series of defeats, including decisions by the high courts in New York and Washington state, and a California appeals court.

    Fear that marriage recognition for same-sex couples would spread from Massachusetts to other states has helped motivate social conservatives to go to the polls, including in several swing states like Ohio during the 2004 presidential election.  Republican strategists may well be hoping that gay couples win the New Jersey suit to help energize the GOP's evangelical base, which has been discouraged by the Mark Foley scandal and the failure to enact much of its social agenda.

    I'll be posting my own analysis of the ruling, along with what others think, very soon after it is issued tomorrow.



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