N.J. judge says lawsuit to recognize gay marriage can go on

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11/04/2011

"A Superior Court judge let a lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples in New Jersey proceed, but she sharply pared down the number of allegations in the case against the state.

"If the law creating civil unions does not give same-sex couples the same protections as married heterosexual couples, it has to be examined as to whether it is constitutional, Mercer County Assignment Judge Linda Feinberg said during a hearing in Trenton this afternoon.

"...Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director for Lambda Legal, the civil rights group representing the seven couples in the suit, said calling a living arrangement a civil union doesn’t automatically give it all the characteristics of a marriage. 'It turns out the name is not innocuous and not just a name,' she said."