The Supreme Court of New Jersey today ruled unanimously that the state Constitution requires that all of the rights and benefits of marriage be available to same-sex couples, but in a 4-3 ruling, allows the legislature to decide whether to grant same-sex couples equal access to civil marriage or whether to create a separate institution such as civil unions. The Court gave the legislature 180 days to act. People For the American Way Foundation had filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the couples seeking to end marriage discrimination in the state.
“Today’s ruling is an extremely important positive step toward full equality in New Jersey
Neas noted that a recent Zogby-Garden State Equality poll showed that a majority of New Jersey
“The people of New Jersey
Neas, warning that anti-gay forces are likely to respond to the ruling with false and inflammatory rhetoric, noted that the ruling in no way compromises religious liberty in New Jersey
Neas congratulated Lambda Legal for its work on behalf of the plaintiffs in the case.