Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson's decision to allow same-sex couples to get married in the state of New Jersey on Sept.27 showed favorable results amongst voters who were polled in a Farleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll. As NJ.com reports on October 8, nearly two-thirds of the voters approved of Jacobson's decision which is favorable for same-sex marriage if it was put on the ballot for voters to decided.
In a sampling of 702 registered voters questioned, the poll shows 62 percent agreed with Jacobson's decision to allow same-sex couples to get married. Jacobson's decision was based the current state law's violation of the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
The decision would allow marriages in the state of New Jersey to begin on Oct. 21 and at that time same-sex couples would have access to the same federal benefits that heterosexual couples now enjoy. But if Christie gets his way and his administration is granted a stay, marriages will be delayed until the appeal process is over.
The poll also shows that 62 percent of those who responded want the state to drop an appeal issued by the Christie administration. According to Krista Jenkins, the polling director of PublicMind, the timing of the decision comes at an opportune time.
"The timing of the decision heightens the importance of the issue at a time when the state enters the final days of the Senate, gubernatorial, and legislative elections. Candidates from top of the ticket to down ballot races will undoubtedly be asked to weigh in on gay marriage for which public opinion is decisive."
Gay couples in New Jersey have waited long enough but the wait may be coming to an end, even if the issue of gay marriage is left up to voters. Christie's appeal process may just be delaying the inevitable.