“In contrast to earlier times, our state now recognizes that an individuals capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individuals sexual orientation,” Chief Justice Ronald George
Chief Justice, no one asked you to recognize an individuals capacity for love. The question before the court was about the legal definition of marriage. Every state recognizes marriage in different ways. PA has common law marriages which may not translate to laws regarding benefits in NJ. Only two states, Massachusetts and California, now recognize marriage between gay couples, a recognition that will not be observed in other states due to their laws on the books.
Judges have taken too many liberties when deciding cases. Determinations should be made based on the question at hand. When the judges in CA issued their ruling it was written as a psychological question of feelings, not as a judgement of the law. Conservative or liberal, judges need to face the questions they are asked and not inject personal feelings into the issues.