New Jersey Supreme Court Recommends Appeal to Fellow Citizens; How Shall We Respond?

Our decision today significantly advances the civil rights of gays and lesbians. We have decided that our state constitution guarantees that every statutory right and benefit conferred the heterosexual couples from civil marriage must be made available to committed same-sex couples.

“Now the legislature must determine whether to alter the long accepted definition of marriage. The great engine for social change in this country has always been the democratic process. Although courts can ensure equal treatment, they cannot guarantee social acceptance, which must come through the evolving ethos of a maturing society. Plaintiffs request does not end here. Their next appeal must be to their fellow citizens, whose voices are heard through their popularly elected representatives.”

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In the back row, left to right:

In the front row, left to right:

  • Justice Virginia Long (joined the minority opinion), nominated to serve on the Supreme Court by Governor Christine Todd Whitman
  • Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz (joined the minority opinion), nominated by Governor Christine Todd Whitman and re-nominated to Chief Justice by secretly homosexual Governor James McGreevey; she retired the day after this decision
  • Justice Jaynee LaVecchia (joined the majority opinion), nominated by Governor Christine Todd Whitman
This article was posted on Saturday, October 28th, 2006 at 2:19 pm and is filed under "Civil Unions" & "Gay Marriage", A - What does the Bible say about homosexuality?, Candidates & Elected Officials, Court Decisions & Judges, News. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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