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NJ gay marriage advocates taking their case back to state supreme court

New Jersey gays rights advocates, with the help of New York-based Lambda Legal, are going back to the New Jersey Supreme Court in order to fight for the right to marry in the Garden State.

Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality have scheduled a new conference for Thursday morning in Trenton to announce their action.

The announcement comes justy two months after a stinging defeat in the New Jersey State Senate, when several legislators apparently backtracked on earlier promises and failed to pass a Marriage Equality law.

In 2006, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that barring same-sex couples from the rights and benefits of marriage violated the constitutional promise of equality. The court gave the New Jersey Legislature a deadline of 180 days to correct the violation, with the legislature choosing to create the separate status of civil unions.

Gay marriage advocates are hoping the Court will take their case immediately.

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