NJ Supreme Court Rejects Gay Marriage Case

New Jersey’s Supreme Court won’t consider whether the state’s civil union law provides equal rights to gay couples before the case is heard in a lower court.

The court announced Monday it cannot consider the merits of the claim by six same-sex couples that New Jersey’s civil union law is unconstitutional until there is a trial record.

Gay couples unsuccessfully sued New Jersey four years ago for the right to marry. They claim by creating civil unions, the state has not fulfilled a court order to treat them the same as heterosexual couples seeking to marry.

The justices were split 3-3, one vote shy of the four needed for a motion to be granted.

  • http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/06/29/gay-couples-to-file-suit-against-n-j-over-same-sex-marriage/ 7 Gay Couples To Sue New Jersey Over Civil Union Law, Arguing Injury To Dignity, Finances « CBS New York

    […] Gay rights groups suffered two setbacks in New Jersey last year. First, lawmakers failed to pass a law recognizing same-sex marriages. Then, the state Supreme Court declined to take up an old case. […]

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