New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is asking a judge to delay an order that the state must allow same-sex marriage until an appeal can be decided.
Last week a judge ruled the state was violating its constitution by denying same-sex marriage.
The state's lawyers say in their motion for a stay that if the judge's ruling stands it could be a blow to the state's ability to make its own laws.
Christie says he wants the state's voters to decide the issue.
The state has allowed civil unions since 2006.
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