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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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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
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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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Parents sue N.J. over law banning gay conversion therapy on minors

| Monday, November 4, 2013
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NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey's law banning so-called gay conversion therapy is facing another court challenge, this time from a couple who claim their constitutional rights are being violated because the law prevents them from seeking treatment for their 15-year-old son.

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What’s ahead for N.J. Gov. Chris Christie if re-elected?

| Sunday, November 3, 2013
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HARRISON, N.J. -- A second term all but assured, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is casting himself as an inclusive Republican who transcends political lines and a pragmatic leader whose results-oriented approach offers valuable lessons for dysfunctional party leaders in Washington.

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Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

JEFF SPITKO | GayPolitics.com | Friday, October 25, 2013
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The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year.

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In Va. and N.J., a contrasting tale of two Republican parties

| Thursday, October 24, 2013
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- This fall's races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey offer a revealing window into the fight for the future of the Republican Party.

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N.J. man convicted of killing, dismembering live-in boyfriend

| Thursday, October 24, 2013
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HACKENSACK, N.J. — A New Jersey man faces up to life in prison after being convicted of killing and dismembering another man whom authorities say was his live-in boyfriend.

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Chris Christie’s decision to stop fighting marriage equality in N.J. stirs GOP

| Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Gov. Chris Christie's decision to stop fighting gay marriage in New Jersey was pragmatic - same sex weddings had already begun and a court warned that the state would have little chance of overturning them. But the move also reflects Christie's bid to cast himself as leader of a welcoming GOP as he seeks re-election and ponders a White House bid.

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N.J. advocates considering next steps on marriage equality

| Monday, October 21, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. -- Advocates for same-sex marriage in New Jersey are weighing whether they will push for a law codifying gay nuptials now that court action has legalized them.

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BREAKING: N.J. governor Chris Christie drops gay marriage appeal

| Monday, October 21, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie dropped his legal challenge to same-sex marriages on Monday, removing the possibility that the vows of couples who began getting married hours earlier could be undone by a court.

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