Although New Jersey lost the marriage battle after a 14-20 Senate vote earlier this year, same-sex couples aren’t giving up or waiting for a Democrat to return to the governor’s mansion.
In its original 2006 ruling, along with civil unions, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered the state to study whether that solution was truly equal. Of the first 1,000 people who were civilly united, half filed complaints of unequal treatment. The intent was for civil unions for same-sex couples to be equal to marriage for opposite-sex couples.
The Newark Star Ledger reported:
Civil union couples still have trouble being recognized as next-of-kin by employers when they seek benefits and by hospital officials when one partner is ill. Not surprisingly, this separate institution turns out to be unequal.
So the couples who filed the original complaint are going back to court. They are demanding an upgrade from second class civil unions to marriage equality.
In her dissent in the original case, Chief Justice Deborah Poritz wrote, “What we name things matters, language matters.”
On March 18, Lambda Legal filed a motion to reactivate Lewis v. Harris, the original New Jersey same-sex marriage case. They submitted evidence to the court to show that with marriage, separate isn’t equal.
And befaw I hear from anyone from Joisey about my cherse a pikchas, my fatha’s from Nutley.
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