Roanoke College. On December 7,the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee approved a same-sex marriage bill by a vote of 7 to 6, after seven hours of testimony and debate. Supreme Court was careful not to rule on the issue of whether a state had to grant marriage rights to gays, federal recognition gave advocates a powerful example of the unfairness of doing otherwise.
In September, Judge Mary C. The Commission elected a chair, Frank Vespa-Papaleo, the current Director of the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, and the Commission plans on meeting monthly as well as conducting periodic public meetings. Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U.
On July 30, a UPS spokesman said: "We have received clear guidance that, at least in New Jersey, the state truly views civil union partners as married.
These existing constitutional amendments can only be removed by either the passage of a new state constitutional amendment directly on the issue or a decision of a federal or state court that the original state prohibition is unconstitutional.
No actual cases to date. But unlike other states, where a court ruling led immediately to same-sex marriages, the New Jersey court instructed the Legislature to come up with a way to extend equal protection to gay and lesbian couples. A spokesman for the attorney general declined to comment on pending litigation.
Hayley Gorenberg, a lawyer for Lambda Legal which represents several same-sex couples in a lawsuit against New Jersey, said the U. Eagleton Institute of Politics. Meanwhile the administration of Gov. Every other state in the Northeast and New England now has marriage equality, as do many states in the Mid-Atlantic.
In a second case, it paved the way for legalizing same-sex marriage in California. Retrieved December 5, Directory of sites. See All States. Weinberg and state Sen. In June, Mr. If the court agrees, it might immediately allow same-sex couples to marry, but the state could request that the court issue a stay until it can appeal the decision.
The domestic partnership statute remains in place even though New Jersey subsequently enacted a civil union statute.
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