A New Jersey judge ruled last week that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry beginning Oct. 21, as failure to do so violates rights that were affirmed in the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act in June. "Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution," Judge Mary Jacobson wrote in the case, which involved six same-sex couples. The state's attorney general has initiated an appeal of the case.

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