New Jersey Same Sex Marriage

On September 27, 2013 a New Jersey superior court ruled that same sex marraige will be made legal on October 21, 2013. We are yet another step closer on the equality for same sex couples. Same sex marraige is now legal in 14 states, and is recognized by the federal government as being equal to heterosexual marraige in the eyes of the law. So yes, we may only be a little over a quarter of the way there, but it is meaning all of the difference to those couples that are affected.

My parents had to wait over 15 years before they were legally allowed to marry in the state that they lived in. Of course they choose Massachusetts to be their settling ground, as this is one of the, if not the most liberal states in the entire US. Now there are couples that do not have to wait. They do not have to worry about the dealing with people, and the government, telling them that their commitment to one another is not valid by the government.

For years same sex couples used commitment ceremonies as a way to dedicate themselves to eachother. These commit ceremonies may still be used, but now with the changes that have happened in 14 states, and soon to be who knows how many states, they are allowed to be recognized under law, and this is absolutely huge for the LBGT community.

Of course the next step will be that people, not just government, actually recognize that there is no difference between a same sex couple and a opposite sex couple. I see the major problem in the future, to be similar to that, which the african american community has had to face for years. There will still be bigotry and judgement from the people of the US, hopefully my generation and generations after me are able to show the American public that everyone is equal and deserves the same treatment.


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