New Jersey gay marriage battle continues in appellate court

(12/07/04) TRENTON The battle to validate gay marriages in the state of New Jersey continued Tuesday as an appellate court panel heard arguments for both sides of the controversial issue.

A lawyer representing gay and lesbian couples told the three-judge panel that the state was labeling his clients inferior by not allowing them to marry. He said the state of New Jersey is blocking gay couples from the institution of marriage.

While under questioning by the judges, Assistant Attorney General Patrick DeAlmeida said the New Jersey government is trying to maintain the traditional definition of marriage. At one point, a judge questioned DeAlmeida on whether the states rational was the equivalent of moral disapproval.

The court will rule on upholding or striking down the lower courts ruling at a later date. The losing side would then have the option of appealing to the state Supreme Court.

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