N.J.: 1 judge can’t force gay marriage recognition

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration says it should not be able to force the state to recognize gay marriage.

That’s one of the arguments in legal papers filed Friday by the state in support of its effort to delay implementation of a judge’s order last month that gay marriage be legal in the state as of Oct. 21.

The brief for an appeals court comes a day after Judge Mary Jacobson turned down New Jersey’s request to delay the effective date of her order while the state Supreme Court decides whether she was right.

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