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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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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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N.J. lawmakers end legislative push for same-sex marriage law

Monday, December 16, 2013
Rich Schultz, APBeth Asaro and Joanne Schailey exchange vows as Mayor David DelVecchio officiates in the first same-sex marriage in Lambertville, N.J. history at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in Lambertville, N.J. Asaro and Schailey hold the distinction of being the first couple to enter into a civil union in the state, when that law took effect in 2007
With same-sex marriage already legal in New Jersey, state lawmakers have stopped their push to codify the details through a bill, saying it is not urgent to address whether religious-affiliated organizations should be exempt. [...]

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N.J. senate panel approves transgender birth certificate bill

Friday, December 13, 2013
N.J. state capitol in Trenton.
A New Jersey state Senate panel on Thursday 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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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
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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