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NJ Expected to File Brief Defending Civil Unions

by Associated Press

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Gay Advocates in New Jersey say they're blocked from getting rights granted by the federal government

Lawyers for New Jersey are expected to file a brief defending the state's lack of recognition of gay marriage.

The legal papers are due Friday in a lawsuit from gay couples and their children who say that the state's civil unions fall short of a court mandate that gay couples be treated the same as married couples.

The suit has been expedited after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that invalidated key parts of a federal law banning same-sex marriage.

The advocates say New Jersey is now blocking them from getting rights granted by the federal government.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Aug. 15..



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