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Ultimately the message is that what same-sex couples have is not as important or as significant as real marriage, that such lesser relationships cannot have the name of marriage." The court gave the State Legislature six months to enact legislation providing for civil unions.
On December 14, 2006, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill providing for civil unions, which was signed into law by then-Governor Jon Corzine on December 21, 2006.
This ruling, in turn, relied on the 2006 decision of the New Jersey Supreme Court in Lewis v.
Harris that the state was constitutionally required to afford the rights and benefits of marriage to same-sex couples.
Three days later, on the day the trial court ruling went into effect and local officials had begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and some wedding ceremonies had been performed, the Governor withdrew the state's appeal.
This action removed the last potential impediment to same-sex marriages in the state.
It was one of the first states to do so after California.The domestic partnership statute provides "limited healthcare, inheritance, property rights and other rights and obligations" but "[does] not approach the broad array of rights and obligations afforded to married couples." For example, as Lambda Legal states, the law "required health and pension benefits [only] for state employees—it was voluntary for other employers—and did not require family leave to care for an ill partner." The domestic partnership statute remains in place even though New Jersey subsequently enacted a civil union statute.Couples in an existing domestic partnership are not required to enter a civil union.In 2006, advocates of same-sex unions sued to transcend domestic partnership in the case, Lewis v. The judges struck down the domestic partnership arrangement and split 4-3 to allow the Legislature to pass civil unions instead of allowing same-sex marriage.In December 2006, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill providing for civil unions and recognizing other states' civil unions.