New Jersey is still coming up just short on the promise of equality. In 2013, we need to go all the way.
Here’s a rundown of recent history:
- Oct. 2006: The New Jersey Supreme Court rules in Lewis v. Harris that the New Jersey constitution requires the state to provide the full benefits and responsibilities of marriage to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court permitted the legislature to decide how to provide those benefits.
- Feb. 19, 2007: The Civil Unions Act, in response to Lewis v. Harris, goes into effect, creating the “not-quite-a-marriage” relationship known as a “civil union.”
- Dec. 10, 2008: After 18 months of study, the Civil Union Review Commission determined that the Civil Unions Act “invites and encourages unequal treatment of same-sex couples and their children.”
- Jan. 7, 2010: The New Jersey State Senate rejects a marriage equality bill 20-14.
- Feb. 13, 2012: The New Jersey State Senate and Assembly pass a marriage equality bill, which Gov. Christie vetoes the next day.
And here’s where we’re looking to keep our eyes on the prize:
- Jan. 14, 2014: The last day of New Jersey’s 215th legislative session, and the last day to overturn Gov. Christie’s veto of marriage equality.
Let’s make sure that before Jan. 14, 2014, we’re celebrating the fairness we’ve achieved together, not regretting another missed shot at equality.