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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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
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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
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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N.J. advocates plan for vote to override Christie’s same-sex marriage veto

| Monday, September 23, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. -- For same-sex couples waiting to marry in New Jersey, the Legislature's most important vote will come after the November election.

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Advocacy groups pitch lawmakers to override Christie’s marriage equality veto

| Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
TRENTON, N.J. -- A new push by same-sex marriage advocates, led by New Jersey United for Marriage, an alliance of national and state LGBT and civil rights groups, are hoping to secure enough votes to override Gov. Chris Christie’s 2012 veto of a same-sex marriage bill before the current legislative term expires in January, 2014.

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

| Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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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
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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
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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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