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Jersey Recognizes Same Sex Unions
« on: October 27, 2006, 09:11:39 PM »
This is the latest buzz in the legal world over here.  The opinion just came out Wednesday from the NJ Supreme Court:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/10/25/jersey.samesex.ap/

http://fl1.findlaw.com/news.findlaw.com/cnn/docs/glrts/lewisharris102506opn.pdf

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) -- New Jersey's Supreme Court opened the door to gay marriage Wednesday, ruling that homosexuals are entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals, but leaving it to lawmakers to legalize same-sex unions.

The high court gave lawmakers 180 days to rewrite marriage laws to either include same-sex couples or create a new system of civil unions for them.

The ruling is similar to the 1999 decision in Vermont that led to civil unions there, which offer the benefits of marriage, but not the name. (Opinion -- pdf)

"Although we cannot find that a fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists in this state, the unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our state Constitution," Justice Barry T. Albin wrote for the 4-3 majority's decision.

Outside the Supreme Court, news of the ruling caused confusion, with many of the roughly 100 gay marriage supporters outside asking each other what it meant. Many started to agree that they needed to push for a state constitutional amendment to institute gay marriage.

Garden State Equality, New Jersey's main gay and lesbian political organization quickly announced Wednesday that three lawmakers would introduce a bill in the Legislature to get full marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Gay couples in New Jersey can already apply for domestic partnerships under a law the Legislature passed in 2004 giving gay couples some benefits of marriage, such as the right to inherit possessions if there is no will and healthcare coverage for state workers.

Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine supports domestic partnerships, but not gay marriage.

Supporters pushing for full gay marriage have had a two-year losing streak in state courts including New York, Washington, and in both Nebraska and Georgia, where voter-approved bans on gay marriage were reinstated.

They also have suffered at the ballot boxes in 15 states where constitutions have been amended to ban same-sex unions.

Cases similar to the one ruled on Wednesday, which was filed by seven by gay New Jersey couples, are pending in California, Connecticut, Iowa and Maryland.

"New Jersey is a stepping stone," said Matt Daniels, president of the Virginia-based Alliance for Marriage, a group pushing for an amendment to the federal Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage. "It's not about New Jersey."

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Re: Jersey Recognizes Same Sex Unions
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2006, 08:04:12 PM »
That was a bad move by the court to do this right before elections.  The Dems are already having problems in NJ and his decision will just energize the Republican base to show up on Election Day.  The NJ supreme courts really needs schedule their controversial decisions better.

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Re: Jersey Recognizes Same Sex Unions
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2006, 09:02:27 PM »
That was a bad move by the court to do this right before elections.  The Dems are already having problems in NJ and his decision will just energize the Republican base to show up on Election Day.  The NJ supreme courts really needs schedule their controversial decisions better.

As if judges aren't already too politically stoogey.

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Re: Jersey Recognizes Same Sex Unions
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2006, 09:13:17 PM »
It's really drawing a lot of heat from the legal community over here b/c as far as they're concerned this was a chicken sh!t opinion that basically says that the Court is willing to recognize that same-sex couples are afforded the same rights as heterosexual couples BUT the Court is leaving it up to the legislature of New Jersey to determine what that means exactly.
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Re: Jersey Recognizes Same Sex Unions
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2006, 01:50:46 PM »
That was a bad move by the court to do this right before elections.  The Dems are already having problems in NJ and his decision will just energize the Republican base to show up on Election Day.  The NJ supreme courts really needs schedule their controversial decisions better.

As if judges aren't already too politically stoogey.


politically corrupt + non-savvy political policy hint introduction right before elections...turning a donkey state into an elephant rep in congress...

ah...timing is everything.


Kean Stands Up For America -- Menendez Does Not!

By Gordon Bishop on Oct 30, 2006


This letter-to-the-Editor by John Kalinauskas, Manalapan, in the Asbury Park Press, New Jersey’s second-largest newspaper, says it all about this November 7th election:



“As we come closer to the day when we will exercise our right to vote, remember that U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) voted no to mandating English as a first language and yes to Social Security benefits for illegal immigrants. He also was an ardent supporter of former state Attorney General Zulima Farber.”


State Senator Thomas H. Kean Jr. endorses English only and is against Social Security benefits for illegal immigrants.


Here’s what an editorial in the Press that same day (Oct. 23) had to say about Democrat Zulima Farber, who has since been fired by the Governor as Attorney General:


“Former Attorney General Zulima Farber’s boyfriend, whose traffic stop in the spring ultimately led to Farber’s forced resignation, failed to show up for his recent court date in connection with that stop.


“Why? Because he was off vacationing with Farber in Mexico.


“Thumbing their noses at the law appears to be in the genes of the former First Couple of New Jersey law enforcement. Farber was tabbed for the attorney general post by Governor Jon Corzine, despite having racked up at least 12 traffic violations, three license suspensions and four bench warrants for failure to appear in court.


“Farber’s live-in-beau, attorney Hamlet Goore, was twice disciplined by the New Jersey Supreme Court and had two companies he founded shut down by the state treasurer for failure to pay corporate taxes. He also had his driver’s license suspended at least 11 times.”


Meanwhile, Senator Menendez is under federal investigation for making hundreds of thousands of dollars from a nonprofit housing project in Hudson County and failing to report that information to federal authorities.
Hudson County is the most corrupt county in New Jersey and its U.S. Senator represents that Democrat regime.


New Jersey deserves what it gets because of crooked politicians that voters continue to elect to public office at the local, county, state and federal levels of government.


New Jersey has the unfortunate distinction of having the highest property taxes in the nation, the highest automobile insurance rates and the highest per pupil cost of education.


So much for a state that is the home-base for the popular “Sopranos” television Mafia series on HBO.


New Jersey is a deep blue liberal Democrat state because of voters who really could care less about a state that can’t balance its fiscal budget every year. The new governor has taxed just about every human needs and activities, except food and clothing.


Instead of shrinking state government, Governor Corzine increased the state budget by $2 billion to a record $31 billion right after he was sworn into office last January.


He brought back old bureaucracies that were shut down by a former Republican governor, and created new bureaucracies filled up by his political cronies, those who supported his election. To the “victor belongs the spoils” – compliments of New Jersey’s taxpayers.


Is this any way to run a State Government? You bet it is for a liberal party that “owns” a liberal state.


Businesses and residents alike are leaving New Jersey because they can no longer afford a government out of fiscal control.


I have seen many of my friends and relatives moving to neighboring Delaware and Pennsylvania, as well as the Carolinas and Florida, because of excessive taxation and regulations. Not to mention blatant corruption!


Until New Jersey votes for candidates who don’t run for public office only for selfish, material motives, the Garden State will continue to slide deeper into debt, threatening our “quality of life” and the ability to serve the middle class and the growing number of senior citizens who find their way of life is no longer affordable.


New Jersey, pathetically, has become known as the laughable “Jersey Joke.” Get out when you can before you go bankrupt because of the state’s crooked politicians.


I’m biting the bullet for my family, while trying to survive in a sick Blue State.


(Gordon Bishop is a national award-winning author, historian, syndicated columnist, and New Jersey’s first “Journalist-of-the-Year” – 1986/New Jersey Press Association.)
 


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