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 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 Advocate Reports,
The New Jersey marriage equality battle returned to the court this year after the state legislature failed to pass same-sex marriage legislation in January. The state must file its response to Lambda Legal’s motion before the end of May, after which time Lambda Legal will have a chance to respond. It may be known by early fall what action the court wants to take.
“Our side is saying, supreme court of New Jersey, you have already ruled that same-sex couples must get equal protection under the law as a constitutional matter and that the civil union law has not fulfilled that,” said Steven Goldstein, chair of Garden State Equality, in a phone interview with The Advocate. “This is very much not a new question for the court. Our side is simply seeking to have the court enforce what it already delivered, which is equality."