Sep. 28 - A state judge rules New Jersey must allow gays to marry starting on October 21. Opponents are vowing to appeal the decision. Linda So reports.
Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrate a big victory in their fight for equality. On Friday, a New Jersey judge ruled the state must allow same-sex couples to marry, paving the way for marriages to begin October 21. SOUNDBITE: MIKE PREMO, NJ UNITED FOR MARRIAGE, SAYING: "We've been saying all along marriage equality in the state of NJ was not a matter of if, it was a matter of when." The judge based her decision on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in June that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, arguing if New Jersey were to continue to ban gay marriage, same-sex couples would be denied federal benefits. But opponents say the decision will lead to a slippery slope. SOUNDBITE: JOHN TOMICKI, PRESIDENT OF JERSEY COALITION OF PRESERVE AND PROTECT MARRIAGE SAYING: "Will clergy be directed now to perform same sex marriage even though its against their religious beliefs, That is now happening in other states." The fight is not over. Governor Chris Christie maintains the issue should be placed on the November ballot and left for the people to decide, not the courts.