Saturday, August 17, 2013
New Jersey's "civil unions" remain complicated; I almost "get it"
New Jersey’s situation with respect to same-sex marriage remains complicated, as a New Jersey judge Mary Jacobson indicated she would not rule until September on whether same-sex couples in civil unions in the state should get federal benefits. The UK Guardian has a recent story here.
It’s a little hard to see why a state judge would have the power to make decisions about federal benefits, even given the DOMA ruling.
Gov. Chris Christie had vetoed a bill authorizing full marriage rights in NJ in 2012.
As for me, last night, at the Cobalt in Washington I did get some attention, welcome but unusual.