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The End of DOMA

Can you explain the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor? United States v. Windsor was filed by Edith (“Edie”)Windsor. Edie was in a relationship of forty years with Thea Spyer. Thea and Edie were married in Toronto ...

The Future of DOMA

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What do recent court decisions that have found the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional mean for me as a New Jersey resident in a civil union? In recent months, federal courts in California, New York and Boston have all found the ...

The Health Insurance Conundrum

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I am planning to add my civil union partner to my employer-provided health insurance plan because my plan provides better coverage than that available through his employer. Is there anything that I should be aware of? Under the Civil Union Act, ...

New Jersey Birth Certificates May Create a False Sense of Security for Same-Sex Parents

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My civil union partner and I had a child using sperm from an anonymous donor. My partner gave birth to our son and, at the hospital, we were able to put both of our names on the birth certificate. Is it necessary for me to also adopt my son? In ...

What is in a Name? Civil Unions vs. Domestic Partnerships

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If my partner and I have a registered New Jersey domestic partnership, are there any benefits to entering into a civil union or an out-of-state marriage? Yes, if you wish to have the same rights as married couples under New Jersey law. The rights ...