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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PHILADELPHIA -- Administrators at a Roman Catholic high school suffered a sharp and swift backlash this week after firing a well-liked teacher who sought to marry his same-sex partner.
TRENTON, N.J. -- More than 700 same-sex couples have married or renewed their vows in New Jersey since the state allowed gay nuptials.
NEW YORK -- The New Jersey waitress who said she was stiffed on a tip because she is gay is now returning donations sent to her by people across the country.
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. -- The waitress now accused of fabricating a story of being left a homophobic note in lieu of a tip has a reputation for lying, according to former colleagues and friends.
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. -- A New Jersey couple has come forward to dispute a story that made national headlines this month when a gay server claimed she was left a note criticizing her "lifestyle" instead of a tip.
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. -- The New Jersey restaurant server and former Marine who was left a note condemning her lesbian "lifestyle" instead of a tip, has been receiving extra tips for days since her story broke, and says she plans to donate them to the Wounded Warrior Project.
BRIDEWATER, N.J. -- A New Jersey waitress and former Marine says she was “offended” after a customer left an anti-gay note on a check in place of a tip because she is a lesbian.
WASHINGTON -- When the U.S. Senate passed a bill to ban job discrimination against gay and transgender people, its newest member's first impulse was to yell with joy. Then he remembered where he was.
NEWARK, N.J. -- A federal judge on Friday upheld a New Jersey law barring therapists from trying to turn gay youth straight.
ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie was re-elected with ease Tuesday, demonstrating the kind of broad, bipartisan appeal that will serve as his opening argument should he seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.