Below is a timeline. Jim McGreevey signs the Domestic Partnership Act, granting gay couples many of the same financial and legal benefits as married couples. June 14, State appeals court upholds ban on gay marriage, rejecting contentions by seven same-sex couples that their right to wed is guaranteed by the state constitution. July 10, Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, calls the domestic partnership law "one of the most heartbreaking disappointments in the history of gay rights.
New Jersey Senate Defeats Same-Sex Marriage Bill, 20 to 14 - The New York Times
We are fortunate enough to live in a country that now accepts same-sex marriage in every state. However, for years same-sex couples were limited to getting a civil union or a domestic partnership. Even though same-sex marriage is now legal, it does not mean that all civil unions and domestic partnerships are automatically converted into a marriage. Indeed, there are several differences in the rights of those who are divorcing a marriage as opposed to those that are dissolving a civil union or domestic partnership. Another issue that often arises in the context of same-sex relationships is parentage — that is, the recognition of each partner to the relationship as the parent of a child that was born during the relationship.
Dow on October 18, The New Jersey Supreme Court refused to issue a stay on the ruling and Governor Chris Christie withdrew his appeal of the decision, allowing the freedom to marry to take effect uncontested. Read the ruling.
The vote was the latest in a succession of setbacks for advocates of gay marriage across the country. After months of intense lobbying and hours of emotional debate, lawmakers voted 20 to 14 against the bill, bringing tears from some advocates who packed the Senate chambers and rousing applause from opponents of the measure, who also came out in force. The vote ends the effort to win legislative approval of the measure, and sets the stage for a new battle before the New Jersey Supreme Court.