It looks like the most likely legislative outcome of the New Jersey marriage decision will be civil unions. That’s exactly why there’s now talk about a clever new strategy for circumventing the legislature and throwing the matter back to the courts. According to this article on “The pros and cons of the New Jersey marriage ruling,” pro-gay marriage lawmakers could create legislative gridlock long enough to run out the 180 day deadline for the legislature to act. That would throw the matter back to the court, which safely past the election, could then order full same-sex marriage. Clever. While this tactic may or may not pan out, the option does increase the likelihood that we might soon see formal same-sex marriage in New Jersey.