Interview: What Does NJ Gay Marriage Decision Mean?

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Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director for Lambda Legal and lead attorney on the New Jersey gay marriage case, explains the history of the decision and what comes next.

"The case that we won in 2006 paved the way for this win, made it absolutely clear that same-sex couples had to have equal rights to protect their families," Gorenberg told WNYC's Amy Eddings, adding that the reasoning of the decision is important beyond the state of New Jersey.

Gorenberg said that New Jersey would be ready to issue marriage licenses on Oct. 21 in accordance with Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson's ruling. However, Gov. Chris Christie has said his administration would appeal. In response, the court might issue a stay, which would keep gay couples from marrying until the New Jersey Supreme Court  issued a decision.

To hear Host Amy Eddings' full conversation with Hayley Gorenberg, click on the audio above.