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Marriage Equality Brief Filed In New Jersey

On May 10, 2010, Garden State Equality and five children’s and family organizations filed an amicus brief with the New Jersey Supreme Court which details the profound psychological harm that the New Jersey’s civil union law inflicts on children.   The brief, online at, is in support of Lambda Legal’s motion to the Supreme Court seeking marriage equality in light of the civil union law’s failure to fulfill the Court’s 2006 decision mandating equality for same-sex couples and their children.

The New Jersey fight for same-sex marriage will continue in the courts. The brief is mainly focused on the effects the lack of equality has on children.  The brief includes social science literature, the legislative record in New Jersey, and expert views of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.