In an historic case aiming to legalize marriage for same-sex couples in New Jersey -- and therefore advance the rights of these couples beyond domestic partnership benefits or Vermont’s Civil Union law -- seven lesbian and gay couples filed a lawsuit against the State of New Jersey today in Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City. The couples, declaring they were tired of paying first-class taxes while being treated like second-class citizens, demanded the state allow them to marry just like their heterosexual friends, family, and neighbors.
Seven lesbian and gay couples from across New Jersey, represented by Lambda Legal, to sue in state court Wednesday morning for the right to full marriage, going beyond Vermont's civil unions
The couples are from North, Central, and South Jersey
News conferences with plaintiffs on Wednesday, June 26:
10:00 am, North Jersey/New York media market: Newark Gateway Hilton, Atlantic Room (At Raymond Boulevard and McCarter Highway. The hotel is attached to Newark’s Penn Station, where NJ Transit, PATH and Amtrak trains arrive)
(LOS ANGELES, Monday, June 17, 2002) - Citing her legal achievements on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the Daily Journal, California’s largest legal newspaper, has named Lambda Legal Senior Staff Attorney Jennifer Pizer one of the top 30 women litigators in California.
(NEW YORK, June 6, 2002) - The New Jersey premiere of a documentary exploring the lives of families in which the parents are actively anti-gay in spite of having gay children themselves will also serve as a benefit for Lambda Legal, Lambda said Wednesday.
A public hearing held by New York City Council Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment on May 29th will examine whether same-sex couples and domestic partners are receiving a fair share of funds and support designated for families of victims of 9/11.
(LOS ANGELES, Thursday, May 23, 2002) - An award-winning high school teacher, harassed and denied a promotion for being a lesbian, has settled her discrimination case against a Southern California school district, Lambda Legal said Thursday. The lengthy and expensive battle emphasizes the consequences for school districts that fail to take sexual orientation harassment seriously.
(NEW YORK, Wednesday, May 15, 2002) - Lambda Legal today condemned as “misguided” and “cynical” a bill introduced by a small group of right-wing members of Congress that would amend the U.S. Constitution to prohibit any state from allowing marriage by lesbian and gay couples.