New Jersey Begins Civil Unions
Civil Unions will become legal in New Jersey on Monday. A new law will make New Jersey the third state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to have civil unions. Some couples are already planning ceremonies.
Same-sex couples that have civil unions in other states will now officially be recognized in New Jersey as of 12:01 a.m. Monday. Ceremonies reaffirming these unions are scheduled for the first minutes of Monday morning.
New Jersey joins Vermont and Connecticut in allowing civil unions, while Massachusetts remains the only state to recognize same-sex marriages.
For couples that do not already have unions in other states, there is a 72-hour waiting period to apply for a license, just like marriages. Some town halls are opening at 12:01 a.m. Monday to allow couples to apply for their licenses.
Gay rights organizations said they will continue to push for same-sex marriage rights in New Jersey, while conservative groups plan to push state legislature to pass legislation defining marriage as between a man and a woman.