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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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Catholic school suffers sharp backlash over firing of gay teacher

Friday, December 13, 2013
Michael Griffin (right) and Vincent Giannetto.
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.

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More than 700 same-sex couples marry in N.J. in past seven weeks

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Mel Evans, APNewark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, officiates the ceremony for the same-sex marriage of Liz Salerno, left, 38, and Gabriela Celeiro, 34, center, at Newark City Hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.
TRENTON, N.J. -- More than 700 same-sex couples have married or renewed their vows in New Jersey since the state allowed gay nuptials.

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Some donations to waitress who said she received anti-gay note being refunded

Saturday, December 7, 2013
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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.

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Friends, former co-workers say server who was ‘stiffed’ tip has a history of lies

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Dayna Morales
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.

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Couple says gay server’s claim they left anti-gay note instead of tip is ‘a scam’

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Dayna Morales
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.

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Server who received anti-gay note to donate tips to wounded veterans

Monday, November 18, 2013
Dayna Morales
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.

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Diners refuse tip for N.J. waitress, former Marine due to her lesbian ‘lifestyle’

Friday, November 15, 2013
Dayna Morales
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.

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Cory Booker goes to Washington a celebrity and senator

Sunday, November 10, 2013
Cory Booker
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.

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Federal judge upholds N.J. ban on gay conversion therapy

Friday, November 8, 2013
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NEWARK, N.J. -- A federal judge on Friday upheld a New Jersey law barring therapists from trying to turn gay youth straight.

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Christie defeats Buono, re-elected governor of New Jersey

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
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.

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