New Jersey

Relationships

YES
Does the state allow same-sex couples to marry?

Yes. Read our FAQ.

YES
Does the state offer any other type of relationship recognition for same-sex couples?

Yes, civil unions. Read our FAQ.

YES
Does the state recognize marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions?

Yes, as civil unions. Read our FAQ.

Workplace

YES
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
YES
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or gender expression?
YES
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
YES
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or gender expression?

 

See N.J. Stat. § 10:5-12; N.J. Stat. § 10:5-3 ; N.J. Stat. Ann § 10:5-4 (2012)

All government employees are protected by the U.S. Constitution against irrational discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, some measure of protection already exists under Title VII based on gender, which has been held to include gender identity and expression.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and several courts have interpreted Title VII to protect transgender employees, and the EEOC has interpreted Title VII to cover sexual orientation discrimination. The Supreme Court has held that the EEOC's interpretations of Title VII are entitled to "great deference." 

Parenting

Miscellaneous
Who may adopt?

Any person. See N.J. Stat. § 9:3-43.

Miscellaneous
Second-parent adoptions:

Approved in In re Adoption of two Children by H.N.R., 666 A.2d 535 (N.J. Super. 1995).

 

Joint adoption by unmarried persons permitted by 1997 consent judgment. Tolerant atmosphere overall.

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