New Jersey Legislature Approves Civil Unions for Same-Sex Couples

In a move that was watched closely around the country, the New Jersey Legislature approved the formation of civil unions for same sex couples in response to the state Supreme Court’s directive delivered in the Lewis v. Harris decison. The Legislation is now awaiting the signature of Governor Corzine who in the past has expressed his intention to sign the civil union bill. Although same-sex relationships will not called marriages, partners are now afforded all of the rights, responsibilities and obligatons associated with a marriage.

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