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

| Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Cory Booker (left) and Steve Lonegan
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.

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

| Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Cory Booker
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?"

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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.

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Christie signs bill prohibiting gay conversion therapy for minors

| Monday, August 19, 2013
Mel Evans, APChris Christie
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.

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

| Thursday, August 15, 2013
Mel Evans, APIn this June 27, 2013 photo, advocates for gay marriage in New Jersey gather outside the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J.
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.

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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.

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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."

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

| Friday, August 2, 2013
Mel Evans, APSupporters of same-sex marriage at a rally in Asbury Park, N.J., last week.
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.

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Rutgers’ new athletic director Julie Hermann acknowledges she is lesbian

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

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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.

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