(WCAU-TV) A New Jersey judge denied the state’s appeal to halt same-sex marriages, clearing the way for couples to begin marrying starting Oct. 21. But an appeal is underway.

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson said on Thursday that offering gay couples the opportunity to enter into a civil marriage would not “cause the State to suffer irreparable harm.”

She added that delaying the issuance of marriage licenses would, however, hurt “gay” couples by making them “suffer many hardships of constitutional magnitude.”

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