Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Marriage in New Jersey?

Here's piece from Philly.com about a new strategy for same-sex marriage.  The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled four years ago that the benefits and obligations of marriage must be offered to gay couples.  The legislature opted for Vermont-style civil unions.  These unions have been in place since that time.

It was hoped that the legislature would return last year to the issue and legalize marriage for same-sex couples.  Then Governor Jim Corzine would have signed the bill into law.  Since Corzine lost his reelection bid to an anti-equality opponent, there's no chance of a legislative solution.

So on to the courts. Lambda Legal filed a motion Thursday seeking a court ruling to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

"We are here today to ask the New Jersey Supreme Court to make equality real," said Hayley Gorenberg, Lambda Legal's deputy legal director. The civil-rights group filed a motion on behalf of six same-sex couples who first brought a lawsuit in 2002 seeking the right to marry.

I'll keep you posted.

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