New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled 4-3 today homosexual couples are entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals but said lawmakers must determine whether that takes the form of same-sex marriage or some other legal union.
A ruling by the Massachusetts high court in 2003 introduced same-sex marriage to the United States. But activists on both sides viewed the New Jersey decision as even more significant because the Garden State, unlike Massachusetts, has no law barring out-of-state couples from wedding there if their marriages would not be recognized in their home states.
New Jersey is one of only five states without a law or a state constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. It could become a destination for homosexual couples from around the U.S. who would return home and sue to have their marriages recognized.
Four other states have similar pending cases, California, Connecticut, Iowa and Maryland.
In today's decision, the New Jersey court gave the state legislature 180 days to rewrite marriage laws to either include homosexual couples or create new civil unions.
"The issue is not about the transformation of the traditional definition of marriage, but about the unequal dispensation of benefits and privileges to one of two similarly situated classes of people," the court said.
Like the Massachusetts Supreme Court before them, the New Jersey Supreme Court exhibits a stunning lack of logic in being unable to distinguish between equal rights and changing the fundamental definition of marriage itself...
The justices who dissented against this decision did so only because they were holding out for FULL BLOWN MARRIAGE for same-sex couples!
...but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools...Romans 1:21-22
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