After Demise of DOMA, Lambda Legal Plans Swift Action in New Jersey for Marriage Equality

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"In New Jersey, this is a game-changer."
June 26, 2013

(Trenton, June 26, 2013) — Today after the Supreme Court's historic decision to strike down Section 3 of the discriminatory federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Lambda Legal released the following statement from Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director of Lambda Legal and lead attorney in the New Jersey marriage equality lawsuit:

"We are thrilled the Supreme Court ruled to strike down DOMA.

"The demise of DOMA Section 3 marks a turning point in how the federal government treats the relationships of married same-sex couples for federal programs. In New Jersey, where same-sex couples are in civil unions or may have been married in other states, but are barred from marriage at home, this is a game-changer.

"When Lambda Legal filed our marriage equality lawsuit in New Jersey two years ago, we were prepared for a long legal battle that we have always believed will end with a decision in favor of equality. We know that there are many roads to justice, and our six plaintiff couples, their families and all same-sex couples in New Jersey need marriage equality as quickly as possible.

"With this new legal landscape, New Jersey's same-sex couples and their families need swift action, and we will now move ahead to secure that through our case.

"We will soon announce the next chapter of our work to bring marriage equality to the Garden State."