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New Jersey Civil Unions Begin Today

Nj_2At midnight, New Jersey became the third state in the nation to offer civil unions to same-sex couples. For New Jersey same-sex couples who were married in other states or nations where it is legal, the unions were granted automatically.

Newsday reports: "At least one couple held a ceremony at the first possible moment. Steven Goldstein and Daniel Gross reaffirmed their Vermont civil union. They would have had the rights in New Jersey even without holding a midnight ceremony here...Goldstein, the chairman of the gay rights group Garden State Equality, and Gross, a vice president at Goldman Sachs, held their ceremony behind a desk in a cramped office instead of a more idyllic or religious spot."

Gay marriage advocates say they'll continue to push for that classification in New Jersey, and opponents say they'll continue to push for a ban in the constitution.

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  1. Congrats NJ gays! Hopefully in the near future you will recieve equality too.

    Posted by: Jack! | Feb 19, 2007 12:56:18 PM


  2. don't forget...California's domestic partnerships now include all the rights and responsibilities of marriage, and so they're equivalent in every way to civil unions, as the Atty Generals in CT and NJ have recognized. the more we forget them, the more we encourage employers and institutions to treat them differently. so, up that count to four...

    Posted by: nick | Feb 19, 2007 12:58:28 PM


  3. Way to go NJ!!!!!

    Posted by: gabe | Feb 19, 2007 1:11:32 PM


  4. Go NJ indeed!!!

    And we win..again.

    Posted by: Da | Feb 19, 2007 1:30:55 PM


  5. NJ civil unions are NOT equal to marriage. There are many rights that are not included. I don't know about CT or CA but I highly doubt that they are equal as you claim Nick.

    It really pisses me off that you are so happy for crumbs from your straight overlords.

    Posted by: Jack! | Feb 19, 2007 1:54:00 PM


  6. Well, at least is a step in the right direction. This will be the raison d'etre of the neocon wingnut fundies for years to come.

    Posted by: xavier | Feb 19, 2007 3:19:17 PM


  7. Maybe civil unions are NOT equal to marriage as Jack! pointed out but none will be... not even marriage will be until it is recognized by the Federal government. We still have a long way to go, yes, but this is a big step in the right direction.

    Thank the god of your choice for the liberal minds of the northestern states. Being in the South, it will be a snowy day in August before we are afforded the same rights.

    Be happy for what you get and keep working for more.

    Posted by: GaYToR | Feb 19, 2007 3:26:40 PM


  8. Maybe civil unions are NOT equal to marriage as Jack! pointed out but none will be... not even marriage will be until it is recognized by the Federal government. We still have a long way to go, yes, but this is a big step in the right direction.

    Thank the god of your choice for the liberal minds of the northestern states. Being in the South, it will be a snowy day in August before we are afforded the same rights.

    Be happy for what you get and keep working for more.

    Posted by: GaYToR | Feb 19, 2007 3:28:26 PM


  9. Congratulations to the state of New Jersey and its residents!

    California domestic partnerships aren't even close to marriage and they aren't even equal to the civil unions in VT, CT and now NJ. If you really look closely at CA's Domestic Partnerships, they give ALL the responsibilities of marriage but FEW of the rights and benefits. They continue to add rights and benefits piecemeal but they are still far short of marriage.

    Posted by: Zeke | Feb 19, 2007 9:44:26 PM


  10. Civil unions in NJ provide benefits for same sex couples in the same way heterosexual couples obtain benefits through marriage. They two relationships are different, but the essence of what same sex couples have sought for several years now comes to fruition for New Jersey-ites. This is good news.

    Posted by: Stephen | Feb 20, 2007 6:51:10 AM


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