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U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to N.J. ban on gay conversion therapy

Monday, May 4, 2015
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The justices did not comment on their order Monday, which followed similar action last year that left California's therapy ban in place. [...]

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Appeals court upholds decision to dismiss suit challenging N.J. conversion therapy ban

Monday, April 13, 2015
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A judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit challenging New Jersey's ban on gay conversion therapy was upheld Monday by a federal appeals court. [...]

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Chris Christie defends Indiana governor on religious freedom law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
Christie, in his first remarks on the subject in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, focused on defending Pence: "I know Mike Pence, and he's got nothing but love in his heart for people." [...]

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Lesbian couple in New Jersey again locked in legal battle with sperm donor

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Sheena and Tiara Yates
When Sheena and Tiara Yates decided they wanted to have a second child, the lesbian couple sought out a sperm donor and drew up a contract in which the man agreed to give up his paternity rights - a measure they believed would spare them a second custody battle with [...]

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N.J. judge: Gay conversion therapy group can’t claim homosexuality is a disorder

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
A judge in New Jersey has ruled that claims by a gay conversion therapy group that describe homosexuality as a curable mental disorder are fraud. [...]

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N.J. lawmaker introduces bill to prohibit ‘gay panic’ defense in murder cases

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Tim Eustace
Assemblyman Tim Eustace says even though it’s unclear if such a defense has ever been used in New Jersey, he wants “to make sure that we’re paying attention to things before they happen." [...]

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New Jersey bill would ease transgender birth certificate changes

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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Legislation has advanced that would make it easier for people who have changed their sex and names to get new birth certificates in New Jersey. [...]

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Challenge to N.J. ban on conversion therapy appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, December 5, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court decision upholding New Jersey's ban on conversion therapy for LGBT youth has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The anti-gay legal group Liberty Counsel on Wednesday asked the court to review a September ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third [...]

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Nearly 4,000 same-sex couples marry in N.J. in first year of marriage equality

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Mel Evans, APNewark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, shares a laugh as he officiates the first same-sex marriage for Joesph Panessidi, center right, 65, and Orville Bell, 65, in Newark City hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.
NEWARK, N.J. -- Nearly 4,000 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples in New Jersey since the state Supreme Court cleared the way for gay marriages one year ago. Monmouth County has issued the most same-sex marriage licenses with about 406. That was followed by Essex and Camden counties. [...]

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Christie says states should decide whether to allow same-sex marriage

Thursday, October 9, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a rally for Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett who is seeking a second term, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pa.
TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie says it shouldn't be up to the Supreme Court to decide whether states allow same-sex marriage. The Republican governor weighed in Thursday on the court's decision this week not to hear appeals from a handful of states, paving the way for a significant expansion [...]

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