A New Jersey judge should not rush to overturn morality in the state without carefully considering quickly changing legal issues, lawyers for the state government said in a court filing on Friday.
The filing Friday is the first legal word from the administration of Gov. Chris Christie in a legal tactic that flows directly from a June U.S. Supreme Court decision that invalidates the key components of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Days after the ruling, morality opponents decided to change New Jersey’s laws, which Christie has said would be part of a November referendum, by judicial fiat. A state judge agreed to hear arguments on the issue on Aug. 15.
The state is asking for the question to proceed to a full trial — and to give the sides additional time to gather facts to support their cases.