A federal appeals court has denied a request to delay its ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.
LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie has dropped his appeal to legalized same-sex marriages in New Jersey.
In an email, the governor's office says it submitted a formal withdrawal to the state Supreme Court Monday morning.
Last month, a lower-court judge ruled that New Jersey must recognize gay marriages starting Monday. Gay couples began exchanging vows shortly after midnight.
The Republican governor, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, had been asking the state's top court to overturn that ruling. But he announced Monday he was dropping the appeal.
Christie's administration says he strongly disagrees with the court substituting "its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people." But he says the Supreme Court was clearly going to favor same-sex marriage and that he has a constitutional duty to enforce the law.
Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that have taken a stand on same-sex unions.
A federal appeals court will hear arguments in gay marriage fights from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee in the biggest session of its kind so far.
A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.
The governor's office says Indiana won't recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed before a court halted a decision that lifted the state's ban.
A federal judge has struck down Indiana's ban on gay marriage, calling it unconstitutional.
Same-sex marriages have been put on hold in Wisconsin by a federal judge who last week struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional.
A federal judge has struck down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage, and despite confusion over the ruling, clerks in Madison and Milwaukee say they'll start marrying people immediately.
Hawaii issued 40 licenses for same-sex marriages Monday as gay marriages began in the state with six couples at a Waikiki resort exchanging vows side-by-side in front of a few hundred guests.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon.