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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 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
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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
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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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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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