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Chris Christie withdraws appeal of same-sex marriage ruling

According to the New York Times, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has decided to withdraw his administration's legal challenge to a recent court ruling that made same-sex marriage in legal New Jersey as of October 21.

Citing the state Supreme Court's rejection of an earlier request for the Court to grant a stay halting same-sex marriage in the state until the ruling on the appeal, the Christie administration indicated that its withdrawal was due to its expectation that New Jersey's Supreme Court would rule in favor of upholding same-sex marriage's legality.

"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," the Christie administration said in a statement. "The governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court."

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