The legal fight over gay marriage will continue in New Jersey despite a judge's ruling that same-sex couples can wed starting Oct. 21.
Within hours after Friday's ruling by a state trial judge, Gov. Chris Christie's administration announced plans to appeal to a higher state court. The Republican governor's decision was expected, but it casts some doubt on what will happen next.
Judge Mary Jacobson sided with a group of same-sex couples and a gay rights group that sued the state in July. They argued that the state is unconstitutionally blocking rights for its gay couples after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that allows the federal government to grant marriage benefits to same-sex couples.
New Jersey currently allows civil unions for same-gender couples.