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    New Jersey s ruling on gay relationships provides rights and prevents overreactions Cathy Young | October 31, 2006 Last week the New Jersey State Supreme Court
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      New Jersey's ruling on gay relationships provides rights and prevents
      overreactions

      Cathy Young | October 31, 2006

      Last week the New Jersey State Supreme Court tackled the same issue
      that the Massachusetts high court did three years ago: equal rights for
      gay and heterosexual unions. It came to a conclusion that was both
      similar and different -- and that may be best suited for this
      complicated moment in our social history.
      Like their fellow jurists in Massachusetts, the New Jersey majority
      concluded that the denial of equal legal rights and civil protections
      to same-sex couples was unacceptable and unconstitutional. But the
      court stopped short of endorsing the right to marriage as the only
      tolerable solution to this problem. Instead, it gave the state
      Legislature 180 days to legalize either same-sex marriage or civil
      unions with all the rights and protections of marriage. With most of
      the state's Democratic leadership, including Governor Jon Corzine,
      supporting civil unions, it is likely that the Legislature will embrace
      that option.

      http://reason.com/news/show/116291.html
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