The Christie Administration then appealed to the Appellate Division, according to the report.
Last month, Judge Mary Jacobson ruled same-sex couples can legally get married in New Jersey beginning Oct. 21. She ruled that same-sex couples should be permitted to marry because civil unions don’t allow couples to receive the same rights married couples receive.
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that same-sex couples can receive the rights and benefits heterosexual couples were granted through marriage, but left it up to the state Legislature to determine what it should be called. The Legislature decided on the term civil union.