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New Jersey is the 3rd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Dec. 18, 1787. Its most populous city is Newark, and the state capitol is located in Trenton.

Marriage Equality: Same-sex marriage became legal in New Jersey on Oct. 21, 2013, after a state Superior Court judge ruled on Sept. 27, 2013, that as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, New Jersey's constitution requires the state to recognize same-sex marriages. On Oct. 18, 2013, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously to uphold the ruling and deny a delay sought by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration. Christie dropped his appeal on Oct. 21, 2013 hours after the law took effect and same-sex couples in New Jersey began to wed. Previously, in 2012, the New Jersey Legislature had passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, but it was vetoed by Christie.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Ban on gay youth conversion therapy to be appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

| Friday, September 12, 2014
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NEWARK, N.J. -- An attorney for people seeking to overturn New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy says he will petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. Gov. Chris Christie signed the law last year banning the therapy for patients under 18. The lawsuit, filed by two therapists...

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Federal appeals court upholds N.J. ban on conversion therapy for LGBT youth

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a New Jersey law prohibiting therapists from performing the controversial "gay to straight" conversion therapy on LGBT youth. The lawsuit, filed by two therapists, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and the American Association...

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Accused killer says murders of four men were ‘vengeance’ against U.S.

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
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A Seattle man accused in a nationwide murder spree that has claimed four victims, including two gay men in Seattle, has told investigators that he had launched his own "jihad" against Americans as an act of "vengeance" to retaliate for U.S. military action in the Middle East.

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N.J. court recognizes non-biological parents’ rights in same-sex custody case

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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An appellate court in New Jersey has ruled that a parent with no biological or legal ties to a child may still be entitled to custodial rights as a "psychological Parent." The decision comes in the case of a lesbian couple who jointly raised the biological child of one of the woman from the age of 18 months. For more than seven years, the couple equally shared in parenting..

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ACLU petitions U.S. Army to recognize two transgender veterans

| Monday, August 11, 2014
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TRENTON, N.J. -- The New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union wants the U.S. Army to "fully recognize" the new legal names of two New Jersey-based transgender military veterans. The group announced Monday that it submitted two applications to the Defense Department's Army Review Boards Agency on July 30 on behalf of the two veterans...

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Attorney: Appeal planned over dismissal of N.J. conversion therapy case

| Friday, August 1, 2014
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NEWARK, N.J. — An attorney for a New Jersey couple says he’ll appeal the dismissal of a lawsuit that challenged the state’s ban on gay conversion therapy. The ruling filed Thursday by U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson rejected the claims of a New Jersey couple who said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them...

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Federal judge dismisses latest challenge to N.J. ban on gay conversion therapy

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
TRENTON, N.J. -- For the second time in nine months, a federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay conversion therapy. The ruling filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Trenton rejects the claims of a New Jersey couple who said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them from seeking...

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Atlantic City planning events to reinvigorate once-thriving gay tourism

| Monday, June 16, 2014
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian holds a flag in Atlantic City, N.J., Monday, June 16, 2014. Atlantic City is planning a series of events to attract gay tourists, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the resort's growth strategy.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City is planning a series of events to attract gay tourists, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the resort's growth strategy. Mayor Don Guardian and tourism officials said Monday the goal is to reinvigorate a once-thriving gay community in the New Jersey resort city.

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N.J. judge: Conversion therapy practitioners could be liable for damages

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- A judge has ruled that a New Jersey conversion therapy organization is potentially liable for the costs to repair the damage it inflicted on four young people by using discredited therapy it claimed can convert people from gay to straight.

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Asbury Park, N.J., celebrates largest LGBT Pride turnout ever

| Sunday, June 1, 2014
Participants march in the LGBT pride parade in Asbury Park, N.K.    on Sunday, June 1 , 2014.
More than 40 groups participated in Sunday's LGBT pride parade in Asbury Park, N.J., as spectators were treated to the rhythm of marching bands, chants of "We love our LGBT," and groups decked out rainbow attire. Organizers and community members say this year's pride events in N.J. are more meaningful to the gay community because of the passage of same-sex marriage in 2013.

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