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Alexander Padilla and Anthony Arenas cut a piece of cake after being married by U.S. Senator-elect Cory Booker at City Hall in the early morning hours of October 21, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Drops Appeal On Same-Sex Marriage

In an email Monday morning, the governor’s office said it was withdrawing its appeal because the chief justice on Friday “left no ambiguity” about the court’s view.

10/21/2013

Supporters await the New Jersey Supreme court decision on same-sex marriage in front of the Supreme court building October 25, 2006 in Trenton. (credit: Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

N.J. Supreme Court Allows Gay Marriages To Begin Monday As Appeals Process Continues

The state’s highest court ruled unanimously Friday to uphold a lower-court order that gay weddings must start Monday and to deny a delay that was sought by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.

10/18/2013

Marriage equality supporters rally on March 24, 2013 in New York City. (Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

N.J. Judge: Same-Sex Couples Must Be Allowed To Marry

In a summary judgment issued Friday, Judge Mary Jacobson says now that the federal government recognizes gay marriages, not doing so in New Jersey would violate the state constitution.

09/27/2013

Gov. Chris Christie makes a campaign stop in Belleville after signing ban on gay conversion therapy, Aug. 19, 2013. (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

Christie Signs Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy

The governor signed the bipartisan measure barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy, along with California.

08/19/2013

A gay rights activist in front of the U.S. Supreme Court - June 26, 2013 (credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

New Push On For Gay Marriage In New Jersey

On the steps of the steps of the Statehouse in Trenton, Garden State Equality’s Troy Stevenson said Thursday that the time is now for gay marriage in New Jersey.

06/27/2013

Rutgers coach Mike Rice (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

NJ Lawmakers Renew Calls For Passage On Anti-Bullying Bill In Wake Of Rice Abuse Video

Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg and Rep. Rush Holt renewed calls for passage of the legislation after Rutgers University fired Mike Rice after a video showing the basketball coach verbally and physically abusing his players caused a public outcry.

04/03/2013

Gay Pride Flag (file / credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

New Jersey Committee Advances Ban On ‘Conversion Therapy’

The Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee’s vote on Monday moves the bill to the full Senate.

03/18/2013

Boy Scouts (file / credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

With Boy Scouts Considering Shift On Allowing Gays, Some Say It’s Not Enough

The Boy Scouts of America is embracing its own motto of “be prepared” when it comes to changing with the times and it’s opposition to gay members.

01/29/2013

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Garden State Equality Chairman: Gay Marriage Will Be Legal In N.J. Soon

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a marriage equality bill last year, but Troy Stevenson – the new chairman of Garden State Equality – emphasized that a lot has happened since then.

01/26/2013

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Activist Steven Goldstein To Give Up Helm Of New Jersey Gay Rights Group

Gay rights activist Steven Goldstein is leaving his post at the helm of Garden State Equality, which he founded more than eight years ago.

01/02/2013