Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. In September , Mary C. Supreme Court's June decision in United States v. Windsor , New Jersey's Constitution requires the state to recognize same-sex marriages. Therefore, the state court reasoned in Garden State Equality v. Dow , because same-sex couples in New Jersey were limited to civil unions , which are not recognized as marriages under federal law, the state must permit civil marriage for same-sex couples.
Complete the civil union license application form. Do not sign the civil union application form before going to the Local Registrar. You must sign the application, under oath, in the presence of the issuing authority. For two people to establish a civil union in New Jersey, they must satisfy the following requirements:. If the domestic partnership was registered in New Jersey, it automatically terminates when the civil union is registered.
By addressing the state-by-state divide on same-sex marriage, the Court will determine whether a state-imposed ban on …. And like that, it was over. As I noted in my post on this blog earlier this morning , same sex marriages in New Jersey were starting today and the arena of that litigation was changing quickly.
We are fortunate enough to live in a country that now accepts same-sex marriage in every state. However, for years same-sex couples were limited to getting a civil union or a domestic partnership. Even though same-sex marriage is now legal, it does not mean that all civil unions and domestic partnerships are automatically converted into a marriage. Indeed, there are several differences in the rights of those who are divorcing a marriage as opposed to those that are dissolving a civil union or domestic partnership. Another issue that often arises in the context of same-sex relationships is parentage — that is, the recognition of each partner to the relationship as the parent of a child that was born during the relationship.