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Gov. Chris Christie seeks emergency appeal of N.J. marriage ruling

TRENTON, N.J. -- Republican Gov. Chris Christie, running for re-election in New Jersey and harboring presidential ambitions in 2016, has asked for an emergency order from a federal appeals court to prevent same-gender marriages from beginning on Monday, Oct. 21 in New Jersey.

Christie sought the emergency order late Thursday after a lower court judge refused to issue a stay to temporarily halt gay and lesbian couples in New Jersey from marrying.

Earlier this year, New Jersey lawmakers approved a bill to legalize same-gender marriage, but Christie vetoed it, saying that he would prefer to put the issue up for a public vote. Lawmakers plan to vote to overrule Christie's veto after this year's elections.