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South Jersey marriage equality supporters wait for court decision

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New Jersey United for Marriage members are now one step closer to their goal as members both gay and straight look forward to equality in the Garden State.

"We’re just people like everyone else and we just happen to love people of the same sex," said marriage equality supporter Dave Collins.

"I think its high time New Jersey fell in line. My husband and I unfortunately had to leave the state to get married this summer and it would be great to be able to get married in our own state."

"To me its really a black and white issue, it's a matter of equal treatment under the law,” said supporter Francesca Geores.

“They have the constitutional right to live their lives as anyone else does."

On Thursday, a judge denied the governors request to delay the start of gay marriage until a legal appeal is finalized. Governor Christie's Administration countered, asking an appeals court judge for an emergency appeal which would delay the October 21st start date for gay marriage.

"I think a lot of them are afraid of marriage being trashed and put down but it’s equal no matter if its two men, two women or a man and a wife," said Collins.

"I’m surprised its still a controversial issue as again I think its just a matter of do you want anybody to tell you hope to live your life and do you respect the right of other to live their lives," said Geores.

And while the issue sits in political limbo, supporters are confident a solution will come sooner rather than later.

"It might take a couple more months because like I said we have a governor who’s not on board with it but it looks like it is going in the right direction," said supporter Keith Loveland.

"I’m hoping the more people that get involved, the more people we get on board we can pressure the governor to override his veto," said Collins.

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