If the law creating civil unions does not give same-sex couples the same protections as married heterosexual couples, it has to be examined as to whether it is constitutional, Mercer County Assignment Judge Linda Feinberg said during a hearing in Trenton this afternoon. But in dismissing three counts of the complaint, Feinberg also said there is no fundamental right to same-sex marriage under the state Constitution. One count of the suit — a claim that the civil union law does not give them equal protection — remains. The hearing was the first in a lawsuit filed in June by the civil rights group Garden State Equality, seven couples and many of their children. They say the state's civil unions fall short of creating equality for same-sex couples as ordered by the state Supreme Court five years ago. In a decision that stopped short of recognizing gay marriage, the state Supreme Court said legislators have to provide marriage-like rights to same-sex partners.
One boy was an American citizen, his twin brother wasn't. A judge's ruling changed that.
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The US supreme court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple for religious reasons, although the justices avoided a wider ruling on religious exemptions for businesses. Charlie Craig and David Mullins went to the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado , in July , only for owner Jack Phillips to say he would not provide a cake for a same-sex couple. That requirement, however, was not met here. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
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The plaintiffs want either to be allowed to wed or to have their marriages recognized by Indiana, granting them in either case the same legal protections as opposite-sex couples. At the center of their argument is the U. Since then, several federal judges have made rulings favorable to gays and lesbians. The plaintiffs in Indiana said Friday that the ban had caused them troubles on tax returns, healthcare and adoptions, among other things.
Aiden and Ethan Dvash-Banks are twin brothers who were born minutes apart. But only one of them was considered to be a United States citizen by the State Department. A federal judge ruled this week that was a mistake. The twins are the sons of two married gay men, an American citizen and an Israeli citizen. Aiden was conceived using sperm from his American father and Ethan was conceived using sperm from his Israeli father, court records show.