Civil union law fails same-sex couples, lawyers' group says

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September 27, 2007


"They were designed to give same-sex couples all the benefits of marriage by a different name, but civil unions in New Jersey are a 'failed experiment,' the president of the state's largest lawyers' organization said last night.

"'They have been shown to perpetuate a second-class legal status,' Lynn Newsome, president of the New Jersey State Bar Association told a state commission evaluating whether New Jersey's seven-month-old civil unions law is working.

"...The gay advocacy group Lambda Legal has gotten more than 100 complaints from couples in civil unions, according to staff attorney David Buckel, who added, 'I stopped keeping count because there were just too many.'"