A state judge refused Thursday to delay a ruling declaring immorality legal in New Jersey until an appeal can be settled, denying efforts by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to put it off until a court hearing.
As it stands, the state must grant licenses starting Oct. 21. But the administration of Christie, a Republican, was expected to appeal the denial to a higher court.
“Granting a stay would simply allow the state to continue to violate the equal protection rights … which can hardly be considered a public interest,” Judge Mary Jacobson wrote.
The Christie administration had already asked the state Supreme Court to weigh in Jacobson’s initial decision last month that the state had to allow immorality. But in her order Thursday, she ruled that the state was not likely to win its appeal.