New Jersey Set to Become 14th State to Legalize Marriage Equality SHARE: Tweet States that allow cousins to marry: 25. States that allow LGBT couple to marry: 13 14? A New Jersey judge on Friday ruled that, given the recent Windsor decision, the state must allow same-sex couples to marry, the AP reported. Judge Mary Jacobson says now that the federal government recognizes gay marriages, not doing so in New Jersey would violate the state constitution. It’s not immediately clear when marriages could begin or whether the state government will appeal to a higher-level state court. Gov. Chris Christie is opposed to gay marriage, and his administration is expected to appeal. Here’s Judge Jacobson’s full ruling; an excerpt via HuffPo’s Luke @Johnson: SEE ALSO: • Toddler Makes Most Compelling Argument For Marriage Equality • The ‘Golden Girls’ NAILED Marriage Equality Back in 1991 So far, Media Matters’ Simon Maloy has the Twitter winner: Now gay couples can realize their dream of tying the knot at the Molly Pitcher rest area. — Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) September 27, 2013 You may remember that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed an historic marriage equality bill in his state back in February 2012. At the time we called it cold, calculated and cowardly. Here’s an excerpt: Here’s Christie’s half-baked thought process on the veto: Any vote on same-sex marriage ultimately belongs to the residents of New Jersey, not the 120 lawmakers and the governor. But passing such legislation is the very job of the state’s representatives. Using Christie’s ill logic, why stop at marriage equality — shouldn’t all laws derive from a popular vote then? If the New Jersey Legislature cannot be trusted to vote on this issue, what good are they? Why are they even living and voting in Trenton? And, the most important rhetorical question here, if ANY legislation should be in the hands of lawmakers and not the people, shouldn’t it be a law that explicitly protects the rights of a minority against the fickle will of the majority? After all, we just saw this play out over the last three years in California. The people voted to overturn marriage equality, only for one appeals court to strike down the popular vote and a panel of another higher court to rule thusly: “We consider whether that amendment violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. We conclude that it does. … Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.” Interracial marriage and same-sex marriage aren’t exactly the same thing, but the former does offer a good parallel for Christie on the latter. When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in 1967′s Loving v. Virginia, which made it illegal to put race-based restrictions on marriage, nearly three of every four Americans disapproved of the mixing of the races. Forty-five years later, those numbers are reversed: Now 86 percent approve of interracial marriage. If every governor at the time left interracial marriage to the will of a popular vote, we’d still be waiting for some states to come around. Feel free to read the piece in full to refresh your memory on the move. As of now, marriage equality is on the books in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and DC. If a judge doesn’t stay this decision in the next month or so, it looks like New Jersey is set to become the 14th such state. MOST RECENT BY Slade Sohmer:Thanks, Obama: World Cup Draw Could Not Have Gone Worse For USAShirtless Germans Know How to Videobomb20 BestWorst Local News Moments In 2013: Cheeky Monkeys, Cat Interviews & More Slade Sohmer Slade Sohmer is editor-in-chief of HyperVocal and co-host of SiriusXM's daily "Politics Powered By Twitter" program. Tweet him at @SladeHV.