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. 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 → ]

N.J. state Senate delays vote on proposed ban on reparative therapy

Thursday, May 30, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Senate has put off a vote on a bill that would prohibit licensed therapists from performing controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on minors. [ Read more → ]
James Dale

N.J. man who sued Boy Scouts over gay ban says change falls short

Friday, May 24, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey man who first challenged the Boy Scouts' ban on gay members says a new policy allowing gay scouts but barring "open or avowed" homosexual adult leaders is "convoluted." [ Read more → ]

With R.I. a done deal, focus shifts to gay marriage bills in six other states

Monday, April 29, 2013
With Rhode Island poised to become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage following a key vote in the state’s General Assembly scheduled for Thursday, supporters of marriage equality are shifting their focus to other states. [ Read more → ]

Poll: N.J. voters want gay marriage on the ballot so they can vote ‘yes’

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J – A new polls finds that a majority of New Jersey voters say they want the opportunity to vote on same-sex marriage, and given the choice, they'd vote yes. [ Read more → ]

Rutgers to commission independent investigation into abusive coach scandal

Monday, April 8, 2013
Rutgers University announced Monday it will commission an independent investigation of the men's basketball program and the university's handling of a complaint that the coach mistreated players. [ Read more → ]
Eric Murdock

FBI eyes possible extortion at Rutgers in case of abusive coach

Sunday, April 7, 2013
The FBI is investigating whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort the university before he made videos that showed ex-coach Mike Rice shoving and kicking players and berating them with gay slurs. [ Read more → ]
Rutgers President Robert Barchi (left) and Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti.

Calls from faculty, politicians to oust top Rutgers administrators grow louder

Thursday, April 4, 2013
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The call from faculty members and politicians to oust top Rutgers University administrators grew louder Thursday, a day after men's basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for mistreating players, including shoving them and berating them with gay slurs. [ Read more → ]

Rutgers reconsiders dismissal of basketball coach over abusive behavior, gay slurs

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. — Rutgers University said it would reconsider its decision to retain basketball coach Mike Rice after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs. [ Read more → ]

N.J. ACLU renews marriage equality push under new leader

Saturday, March 30, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has renewed its push to legalize gay marriage in the state under a new executive director. [ Read more → ]
Chris Christie

N.J. governor Chris Christie now says he opposes ‘gay conversion therapy’

Friday, March 22, 2013
After initially stating that he was undecided on whether New Jersey should ban the controversial use of “gay conversion therapy,” Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he opposed the practice, but stopped short of taking a position on a bill that would ban the therapy on LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]
Chris Christie

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie undecided on proposed ban on ‘ex-gay’ therapy

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
STONE HARBOR, N.J. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that he is undecided on whether the state should ban the controversial use of "gay conversion therapy." [ Read more → ]

N.J. teen whose coming out went viral, testifies against conversion therapy

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Jacob Rudolph, the LGBT teen from New Jersey who came out at a school awards ceremony, testified before a state Senate committee on Monday, calling for a statewide ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy. [ Read more → ]

N.J. senate panel advances bill to prohibit conversion therapy for gay youth

Monday, March 18, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey state Senate panel on Monday advanced a bill that would prohibit licensed therapists from performing controversial therapy aimed a converting minors from gay to heterosexual. [ Read more → ]

New Jersey Democrats to try to override veto on same-sex marriage

Friday, February 22, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — Democratic leaders in the New Jersey Legislature will try to override Gov. Chris Christie's same-sex marriage veto. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora of Trenton, one of two openly gay state lawmakers, says Democrats agreed to renew the push for marriage equality during a meeting... [ Read more → ]

Lawsuit claims M&M-Mars fired worker over her sexual orientation

Thursday, February 21, 2013
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. -- A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against candy maker M&M-Mars, alleging she was fired because she is lesbian. [ Read more → ]
Tyler Clementi

Rutgers University names new student center for Tyler Clementi

Friday, February 1, 2013
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Rutgers University has announced it has named a new student named for Tyler Clementi, a gay student who jumped to his death in 2010 after his roommate used a webcam to record Clementi in an intimate encounter with another man. [ Read more → ]

High school senior awarded ‘class actor’ comes out in front of 300 classmates

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Jacob Rudolph, a high school senior from in Parsippany, N.J., stood before 300 classmates on Friday night during his senior class awards ceremony to accept the honor of Class Actor. But Jacob's acceptance speech revealed that his acting went deeper than a few school plays. [ Read more → ]

Proposed legislation in N.J. would ban conversion therapy for LGBT minors

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. -- A bill has been introduced that could make New Jersey the nation’s second state to impose limits on gay-to-straight "reparative," or "conversion" therapy. [ Read more → ]
Duncan HosieImage via MSNBC.

Princeton student who challenged Scalia over anti-gay opinions only came out one month ago

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The university freshman who challenged U. S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia about his comparison of laws banning homosexuality to laws banning bestiality and murder, only declared his sexual orientation publicly a month ago. [ Read more → ]
Cory BookerPhoto by David Shankbone, via Wikimedia Commons

LGBT activists urge Newark mayor to challenge GOP governor Chris Christie

Monday, November 26, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. -- LGBT activists are pledging support for Newark mayor Cory Booker should he decided to run for Governor of New Jersey, and the head of the state's largest LGBT advocacy group promised to go "door-to-door" to raise money for his gubernatorial campaign. [caption... [ Read more → ]
Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory BookerPhoto: Michael Key, Washington Blade

Rising Democratic star Cory Booker delivers fiery speech at HRC dinner

Monday, October 8, 2012
Newark Mayor Cory Booker suggested he’d pursue a gubernatorial run in New Jersey and — if elected — sign marriage equality legislation into law during a fiery keynote speech Saturday evening at the 16th annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner. [ Read more → ]

Two years after Tyler Clementi’s death, Rutgers now shines as example of diversity, inclusiveness

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.. -- Two years ago, following the death of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman at Rutgers University who jumped to his death from the George Washington bridge after a sexual encounter he had with another man was streamed online by his roommate, Rutgers quickly found itself being associated with homophobia and cruelty. [ Read more → ]

Camden’s rough neighborhood violence claims the life of a gay teen

Monday, August 13, 2012
On Chase Street in the Camden, N.J. neighborhood of Whitman Park, friends have constructed up a memorial to Wauynee Wallace at an abandoned house. Like similar tributes that pop up hours after a death, the words "In lovin Memory" are spray-painted before his name on a white sheet. [ Read more → ]

Bed & Breakfast owner on Facebook: ‘God invented AIDS to punish gays’

Monday, July 30, 2012
EDGEWATER PARK, N.J. -- The owner of a New Jersey Bed & Breakfast on Monday posted an anti-gay rant on Facebook asserting that "God invented AIDS" to punish gays after a local woman complained about an anti-gay statement on the marquee outside their inn. [ Read more → ]
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