In response to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Oct. 21 announcement that his administration will drop its legal challenge in the state Supreme Court against same-sex marriages, ACLU-NJ Executive Director Udi Ofer makes the following statement:

"Governor Christie's decision to drop his appeal in the marriage equality case is an unexpected but joyous development for the gay and lesbian couples who tied the knot at the stroke of midnight today and to the many more who will follow this week.

"The governor made the right call to step aside and allow loving and committed couples to marry after Friday's unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court decision and as it became clear that the legislature had the votes to override his veto of the marriage equality bill. After so many years of hard work, today begins a new era for equality in the state of New Jersey.

"We congratulate our partners Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality for their victory in this tremendous legal battle."

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