(Note: Picture Perfect Thursay has not be pre-empted and will be up later)
Yesterday’s decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court left both sides happy and at the same time left both sides upset. It all depends on the point of view. But regardless of how you “interpret” the ruling based on your position, the New Jersey Supreme Court ultimately did (I believe) the correct thing.
While the ruling certainly opens the door for gay marriage in New Jersey, it also left the storm door in place for the politicians. New Jersey must according to the ruling (you can view the full ruling here [PDF]), decide how to accomodate the ruling, by either extending the current wording for marriage to include same-sex couples, or to create a Civil Union. (In 1999, the Vermont Supreme Court ruling was similar and led to Civil Unions in that State.)
That last part about having the the lawmakers decide is what has opponents invogorated, and advocates feeling a bit dispondant over the ruling. From my personal point of view, I really couldn’t care less about the “nit-picking” aspect. When TheWife and I got married, we did so outside the Church, in what at least used to be called a “Civil Ceremony” and to some sticklers, “in the eyes of” god we are not married, but by and large the vast majority of people will acknowledge that we are. So, along that same vein, who cares if it is called a “Civil Union” or “Marriage”? Honestly.
In the ruling, the Justices (for the majority of course) pointed out, similar to what I did yesterday, the financial inequalities afforded similar couples, simply because one is same-sex, and that the government has no legitimate reason to deny these rights to gay couples.
So once again, I have something to be proud of in the State of New Jersey, proving that we are far more enlightened than those that still think that exclusionary practices are OK.