On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson rejected Gov. Chris Christie's administration's petition for a stay in her Sept. 27 ruling, which mandated that same-sex couples could begin getting married in the Garden State Oct. 21. The judge wrote that same-sex couples being denied access to the benefits of marriage would suffer "many hardships of constitutional magnitude" should the ruling be delayed throughout the appellate process.
The Christie administration could seek a stay through another appeal process.
The appeal of last month's ruling will likely be fast-tracked through the state Supreme Court, although it is unclear if that court will take action prior to the Oct. 21 deadline.