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New Jersey

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

Friday, August 1, 2014
New-Jersey
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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Southern Poverty Law Center Plaintiffs Benjamin Unger and Chaim Levin
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 [...]

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Nearly 3,000 gay couples say ‘I do’ in N.J. in first 6 months of marriage equality

Thursday, April 17, 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.
Through the end of March, a total of 2,955 same-sex couples have wed in New Jersey since Oct. 21, when marriage equality began under the orders of a state judge, reports the New Jersey Star Ledger. [...]

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Split decision in gay couple’s lawsuit over use of photo in anti-gay mailer

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Kristina Hill Photography
Original engagement photo of Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere.
DENVER -- A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by a gay New Jersey couple whose engagement photo was used in campaign attack mailers in Colorado. [...]

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Christie vetoes bill allowing new birth certificates for transgender people without surgery

Monday, January 13, 2014
Chris Christie
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey governor Chris Christie on Monday vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender citizens to obtain a new birth certificate to reflect their gender identity without surgical requirements. [...]

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Down-on-its-luck Atlantic City swears in openly gay Republican mayor

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Don Guardian
What do you call a gay Republican who obsesses about street sweepers, frets that the city's business isn't conducted in enough languages and toys with the idea of giving free land to the poor to get it back on the tax rolls? As of Wednesday in Atlantic City, it's Mr. [...]

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N.J. senate approves transgender birth certificate bill

Monday, December 23, 2013
N.J. state capitol in Trenton.
TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey state Senate has approved a bill that would require the state Health Department to issue a new birth certificate for people who have completed the clinical process of altering their gender. [...]

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