2006-10-25 04:03 pm

News from the NJ Supreme Court!

Today, the NJ Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that:

  • same-sex couples must be afforded the same rights and benefits as married heterosexual couples;

  • the current Domestic Partnership Act does not bridge the inequality between committed same-sex and heterosexual couples

  • "the Legislature must either amend the marriage statutes or enact an appropriate statutory structure within 180 days..."

In other words, the Legislature needs to enact either gay mariage, calling it "marriage," or enact civil unions that are equal to marriage. (The full decision is on-line at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/opinions/supreme/a-68-05.pdf)

Oh, and the 4-3 vote? The dissenters said that NJ needs gay marriage under that name -- trying to develop an equivalent structure and calling it "civil unions" isn't good enough.

I'm proud of New Jersey!