Nightly News   |  October 18, 2013

New Jersey to allow same-sex marriage, rebuffing Christie

New Jersey is about to become the 14th state to allow same-sex marriages after the state supreme court refused to grant a request from Gov. Chris Christie for a delay. NBC’s Pete Williams reports.

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>>> in days sex couples in new jersey will be allowed to get married after a court ruled new jersey the 14th state to allow it. it's something chris christie tried to block but lost. pete williams now joins us from the washington bureau with more on this. good evening.

>> reporter: good evening. the new jersey supreme court ruling and it's a unanimous one, is a big rebuff to governor chris christie who opposes same sex marriage. this is the first state marriage ban the to fall as the result of a u.s. supreme court ruling in june when the justices struck down the defense of marriage act and said the federal government must grant full marriage benefits to same-sex couples in states where they are legally married . today's ruling says because new jersey allowed only civil unions , same-sex couples were discriminated against because they could not get those federal marriage benefits. a spokesman for governor chris christie said he believe it is decision should be made by the voters, but he's instructed state officials to cooperate in carrying out the court order . the governor can try in the state supreme court again in january but the wording of the ruling strongly suggests carrying on an appeal would lose. ann?