Today, October 21, 2013 is historic. Same-sex marriage licenses have begun being issues in New Jersey. This is another major victory in the secular fight for equality in the United States. Senator elect Corey Booker has even begun performing the marriage ceremonies himself.
In other big news surrounding this development, Governor Chris Christie’s administration has dropped their appeal to overturn this ruling.
A statement from Christie’s office reads:
"Although the Governor strongly disagrees with the Court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the Court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law."
This is monumental because Christie’s administration is not letting sectarian beliefs stand in the way of the rights of the people of New Jersey. Essentially, Christie has made it known he disagrees with the ruling, but is not going to stand in the way based solely on his personally held beliefs. While Christie is wrong in his statement that the constitutional processes was substituted, he understands the law enough to know it was time to step aside.
This is the definition of a secular America. This is what brings about equality and this is exactly what the secular humanist community alongside the LGBT community has been fighting for tooth and nail.
While celebrations begin in NJ today, this should also be a reminder that there are still millions around this country living in states divided by sectarian oppression of their rights and that this is a battle won, but the war wages on.