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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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Judge refuses to delay start of same-sex marriage in New Jersey

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
TRENTON, N.J. -- A state judge refused Thursday to delay the start of same-sex marriage in New Jersey until a legal appeal can be settled, denying efforts by Gov. Chris Christie's administration to put off gay weddings. [...]

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Buono to Christie on gay marriage: ‘My daughter is not a political agenda’

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Marko Georgiev, The Record of Bergen County/AP (Pool)New Jersey gubernatorial candidates, Republican Gov. Chris Christie, right, and Democrat State Sen. Barbara Buono meet in a  debate at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie squared off against Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono in a televised debate Tuesday evening, demonstrating for voters the stark difference of the candidates' positions on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Christie administration makes final case to delay same-sex marriages

Monday, October 7, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
TRENTON, N.J. -- The Christie administration on Monday made its final case for why a judge should put on hold a ruling that would legalize gay marriage effective Oct. 21. [...]

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N.J. advocates ask judge not to delay implementation of gay marriage ruling

Friday, October 4, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. -- Gay rights advocates on Friday asked a New Jersey judge to proceed with implementation of her order that the state start allowing same-sex marriages this month, saying the state failed to show irreparable harm if the nuptials take place. [...]

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N.J. asks for stay in same-sex marriage ruling, warns of ‘irreparable harm’

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration on Tuesday asked a judge to delay implementation of her order that the state allow gay marriage until an appeal can be decided, saying the state will suffer "irreparable harm" if same-sex marriages are allowed without its highest court weighing in. [...]

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Christie appealing same-sex marriage ruling to N.J Supreme Court

Monday, September 30, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie's administration has told New Jersey's top state court that it is appealing last week's lower-court ruling that the state must allow gay couples to marry. [...]

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

Monday, September 30, 2013
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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. [...]

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Legal battle will continue over N.J. judge’s same-sex marriage ruling

Saturday, September 28, 2013
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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. [...]

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Gov. Chris Christie plans appeal of N.J. gay marriage ruling

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

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

Friday, September 27, 2013
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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. [...]

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