Committed same-sex couples must be afforded on equal terms the same rights and benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex couples...
Mark Lewis and Dennis Winslow, et al. v. Gwendolyn L. Harris, etc. et al.
Denying committed same-sex couples the financial and social
benefits and privileges given to their married heterosexual
counterparts bears no substantial relationship to a legitimate
governmental purpose. The Court holds that under the equal
protection guarantee of Article I, Paragraph 1 of the New Jersey
Constitution, committed same-sex couples must be afforded on
equal terms the same rights and benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex
couples under the civil marriage statutes. The name to be given
to the statutory scheme that provides full rights and benefits
to same-sex couples, whether marriage or some other term, is a
matter left to the democratic process.
Posted by Ken Vercammen NJ Law Blog at 11:19 AM