Gay couples’ wedding bells could ring up big money for N.J.

Star Ledger
June 19, 2008
New Jersey could boost its economy by more than half a billion dollars over the next three years by promptly honoring the freedom to marry, a California law professor told a state commission yesterday. (Link)

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Children speak out: parents’ civil unions not enough

The Montclair Times
June 12, 2008
“I told my parents that I don’t want them getting a civil union … It feels like paying a parking ticket,” said Adam Pollack, referring to the paperwork involved in the civil union process in the Municipal Building. [Link]

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Through Sickness, Health and Sex Change

New York Times
April 27, 2008

A married couple explains the difficulties faced as a result of one of them going through a sex-change operation and discusses the need for national marriage equality. (Link)

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Another year of mixed results in state legislatures

Washington Blade
April 23, 2008

As the 2008 legislative session winds to a close in states across the country, activists are encountering another mixed bag of results, with progress in New Jersey generating much excitement. (Link)

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MD lawmakers urged to avoid civil union ‘disaster’

Washington Blade
March 7, 2008
Steven Goldstein, chair of Garden State Equality, told Maryland legislators, “the New Jersey civil union law is a disaster. It is not working like marriage. It is proving that civil unions are no compromise.” (Link)

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OPINION: Marital Melee

The Trentonian
February 28, 2008
"Whatever the advisability or inadvisability of gay marriage, it would change the definition only for gays, by including them in marriage’s legal ambit. As for the others, 'the rest of society,' pardon us if we are being obtuse, but we fail to see how the definition of marriage would change for them. For the overwhelming majority of society, traditional opposite-sex marriage would still be traditional opposite-sex marriage, wouldn’t it?" [link]

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Toasting an Oscar Win, Hoping for Greater Rights

New York Times
February 25, 2008
It was part Oscar party and part civil rights rally. More than 300 people filled a theater here to standing-room-only capacity on Sunday evening to watch “Freeheld,” which won the Academy Award for best documentary short subject…According to Steven Goldstein, president of Garden State Equality, more than 2,400 couples in New Jersey have entered into same-sex unions, and about one-fourth of them have filed complaints with Garden State Equality over benefits. The group is an advocacy organization for gay, lesbian and transgender people in New Jersey. “I wish this film had a happy ending,” Mr. Goldstein shouted to the crowd after the credits rolled. “It does not. Our civil union law is failing; it is not respected like marriage.” [link]

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OPINION: Elusive Equality

New York Times
February 23, 2008
The Times editorial staff says N.J. civil unions provide inadequate protection for gay couples and that it will take "political courage," not "more dawdling," to end the exclusion of same-sex couples and their families from marriage. [link]

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Marriage vs. civil union: What’s in a name matters

NJVoices.com
February 18, 2008
For too many families across New Jersey, the warning of former New Jersey Chief Justice Deborah Poritz has proven prophetic. "What we name things matters, language matters," she wrote in her dissent in the 2006 Supreme Court decision that led to civil unions rather than marriage for same-sex couples. "By excluding same-sex couples from civil marriage, the state declares that it is legitimate to differentiate between their commitments and the commitments of heterosexual couples."[link]

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Report criticizes NJ civil union law

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 18, 2008
A New Jersey commission has found in an initial report that civil unions - approved a year ago in an attempt to ensure equal rights for same-sex couples - are falling short of the goal. It said that employers were still discriminating against those in same-sex relationships and that civil unions were "not clear to the general public, which creates a second-class status." [link]

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