One defeat is not enough to silence NJ advocates of same-sex marriage

Gay rights advocates refuse to accept a Civil Union law as the best the New Jersey legislators can do.
Advocates for same-sex marriage in New Jersey push for marriage equality laws. (courtesy of

Two months after New Jersey legislators denied the Marriage Equality law, gay rights advocates and Lambda Legal are teaming up to again fight for the right to marry in their state.

The advocates are prepared for a tough battle, according to NBC. “It’s hard to tell [how long this will take],” said Lambda Legal spokeswoman Lisa Hardaway to NBC New York.

Although legislators did pass a Civil Union law, gay rights advocates are not satisfied. Such a law is not recognized by hospitals, doctors or employers. Therefore, Lambda Legal and gay-right advocates continue to push.

Gay marriage proponents are hoping the courts take their case immediately.

According to NBC, “Gay marriage is legal in the District of Columbia and five states; Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Iowa. It was repealed last November in Maine, and is banned by law or constitutionally in dozens of states.”

To read more on this story, visit NBC New York.

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