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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N.J. Democrats want quick high court decision on same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, September 30, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- Democrats who control the New Jersey Legislature on Monday called for the state Supreme Court to fast-track a gay marriage decision so same-sex couples waiting to marry would know next month whether they can tie the knot here. [ Read more → ]
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Legal battle will continue over N.J. judge’s same-sex marriage ruling

Saturday, September 28, 2013
A judge's ruling Friday that New Jersey must allow gay couples to marry will not be the last word on the issue after Gov. Chris Christie's administration said it would appeal to a higher court. [ Read more → ]
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Gov. Chris Christie plans appeal of N.J. gay marriage ruling

Friday, September 27, 2013
A spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie says he will appeal a state court ruling calling for same-sex marriage to be legalized. [ Read more → ]

N.J. judge rules state must allow gay couples to marry

Friday, September 27, 2013
New Jersey must allow gay couples to marry starting Oct. 21, because the state's civil union law is unconstitutionally denying federal benefits to same-sex couples, a judge ruled Friday. [ Read more → ]
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N.J. advocates plan for vote to override Christie’s same-sex marriage veto

Monday, September 23, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- For same-sex couples waiting to marry in New Jersey, the Legislature's most important vote will come after the November election. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)

Advocacy groups pitch lawmakers to override Christie’s marriage equality veto

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- A new push by same-sex marriage advocates, led by New Jersey United for Marriage, an alliance of national and state LGBT and civil rights groups, are hoping to secure enough votes to override Gov. Chris Christie’s 2012 veto of a same-sex marriage bill before the current legislative term expires in January, 2014. [ Read more → ]
Cory Booker (left) and Steve Lonegan

Cory Booker slams N.J. Senate rival’s comment on sexuality as ‘bigoted’

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. -- Democratic Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is accusing his U.S. Senate race rival of making bigoted comments following a newspaper interview in which Booker was ambiguous about his sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Cory Booker

Newark mayor Cory Booker on gay rumors: ‘So what does it matter if I am?’

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Newark mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, responding to persistent speculation that he is gay, says "So what does it matter if I am?" [ Read more → ]

Opponents promise legal challenges to new laws protecting LGBT youth

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Two recently approved measures creating protections for LGBT youth -- one expanding rights for transgender students in California public schools, and another prohibiting gay conversion therapy on minors in New Jersey -- have opponents promising to launch legal challenges to overturn the laws. [ Read more → ]
Mel Evans, APChris Christie

Christie signs bill prohibiting gay conversion therapy for minors

Monday, August 19, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie plans to sign a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy, along with California. [ Read more → ]
Mel Evans, APIn this June 27, 2013 photo, advocates for gay marriage in New Jersey gather outside the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J.

Judge hears arguments in challenge to N.J. ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, August 15, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- Lawyers for gay couples and New Jersey's government laid out their cases to a judge Thursday on whether she should order the state to legalize same-sex marriage in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the matter. [ Read more → ]

N.J. judge to hear gay marriage case in first challenge to test DOMA ruling

Sunday, August 11, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- A New Jersey court case headed for oral arguments this week is among the first to test what a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down key parts of a law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage means in states. [ Read more → ]

Gay rights group pushes for ruling to allow same-sex marriage in N.J.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — Lawyers for a group of gay couples said in a court filing Friday that New Jersey's key argument against allowing same-sex marriage immediately is "contrary to established law." [ Read more → ]
Mel Evans, APSupporters of same-sex marriage at a rally in Asbury Park, N.J., last week.

N.J. state attorneys say judge should not rush into allowing same-sex marriage

Friday, August 2, 2013
A New Jersey judge should not rush into allowing same-sex marriage in the state without carefully considering quickly changing legal issues, lawyers for the state government said in a court filing Friday. [ Read more → ]
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Rutgers’ new athletic director Julie Hermann acknowledges she is lesbian

Thursday, July 25, 2013
CHICAGO — New Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann revealed in her online biography that she is a lesbian. [ Read more → ]

LGBT advocacy groups team up to make gay marriage in N.J. a priority

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- Several national groups that support recognizing same-sex marriage are teaming up in New Jersey, saying that the state is primed to allow gay couples to wed. [ Read more → ]

Latest polls mixed on marriage equality, discrimination, religious freedom

Saturday, July 13, 2013
The latest polls released this week affirm growing support for marriage equality in several states around the nation, as well as growing support for LGBT-inclusive workplace protections. But another poll suggests religious freedom should trump discrimination laws. [ Read more → ]
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Former N.J. governor Jim McGreevey launching a political comeback?

Saturday, July 13, 2013
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey has been hired by the new mayor of Jersey City. Mayor Steve Fulop announced Friday that McGreevey will run a city commission dedicated to job creation and training. [ Read more → ]

Couples suing N.J. over gay marriage ban ask judge for quick ruling

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — Six gay couples and their children on Wednesday asked a New Jersey judge to force the state to recognize gay marriage, arguing that the case has become more urgent after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week. [ Read more → ]

N.J. Democrats to Gov. Christie: Don’t control gay marriage vote

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
WESTFIELD, N.J. -- New Jersey Democrats stepped up their push to legalize same-sex marriage on Tuesday, urging Gov. Chris Christie to allow GOP legislators to vote for the bill. [ Read more → ]

N.J. state Senate approves bill to ban ‘conversion therapy’ for minors

Thursday, June 27, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey state Senate passed a bill Thursday to ban licensed therapists from trying to convert gay minors into heterosexuals. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)

NJ Gov. Chris Christie: Gay marriage ruling an example of ‘judicial supremacy’

Thursday, June 27, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling erasing part of a federal anti-gay marriage law was a "bad decision" and an example of "judicial supremacy." [ Read more → ]
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)

Daughter of Christie challenger attacks governor over same-sex marriage

Monday, June 24, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — The gay daughter of New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono criticized Gov. Chris Christie on Monday for his opposition to same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

N.J. state Assembly approves bill to prohibit ‘conversion therapy’ for minors

Monday, June 24, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Assembly is expected to vote on a bill that would ban licensed therapists from trying to convert gay minors into heterosexuals. [ Read more → ]

N.J. Assembly panel approves bill banning conversion therapy on minors

Thursday, June 13, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — An Assembly panel in the New Jersey state legislature is set to consider a measure that would prohibit licensed therapists from performing controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on minors. [ Read more → ]
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