Thursday, October 26, 2006

Same Sex Marriage NOT Allowed In New Jersey

Just to set the record straight (no pun intended), the New Jersey court has not ruled in favor of same sex marriage. In fact, they specifically state marriage is not an option unless the legislature changes the marriage laws..

However, they did rule same sex couples have a constitutional right to the benefits and privileges afforded to married heterosexual couples.

New Jersey's marriage laws, which were first enacted in 1912, limit marriage to heterosexual couples. The recently enacted Domestic Partnership Act explicitly acknowledges that same-sex couples cannot marry. [emphasis mine]


To bring the State into compliance with Article I, Paragraph 1 so that plaintiffs can exercise their full constitutional rights, the Legislature must either amend the marriage statutes or enact an appropriate statutory structure within 180 days of the date of this decision.

(read the finding (PDF))


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