Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that, beginning Oct. 21, the state of New Jersey must start allowing gay marriages. In a 53-page opinion, Judge Jacobson said: "Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey constitution."

Jacobson's ruling will be appealed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; the appeal is expected to go as high as New Jersey's Supreme Court. Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for Christie, explained his motives in a statement:

Governor Christie has always maintained that he would abide by the will of the voters on the issue of marriage equality and called for it to be on the ballot this Election Day. Since the legislature refused to allow the people to decide expeditiously, we will let the Supreme Court make this constitutional determination.

[via Gawker]