Study finds some NJ towns are failing to recognize same-sex marriages

A new study found that at least five New Jersey municipalities have rules on the books that discriminate against same-sex marriages.

News 12 Staff

Jul 5, 2022, 8:46 PM

Updated 711 days ago

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A new study found that at least five New Jersey municipalities have rules on the books that discriminate against same-sex marriages.
New Jersey legalized same-sex marriage in 2013, but a story by the Latino Action Network found that some towns may be ignoring that fact.
One such town is South Toms River. On the municipal website under the heading “requirements for entering into marriage,” it says that those getting married must “be of the opposite sex.” This is criteria that is against the law in New Jersey. The site has no allowance for same-sex unions.
Hanover, New Hanover, Fairview and Estelle Manor had similar rules posted, the study said.
The Latino Action Network Foundation reports it also found that some marriage applications say that same-sex couples can seek "civil unions” instead of marriage.
The foundation plans to send the data to the state attorney general's office.
News 12 New Jersey did reach out to the municipal clerk in South Toms River for a comment but did not hear back.


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