Does New Jersey Permit Gay Marriage?

At Lyons & Associates, we specialize in helping same – sex couples with the many legal issues that they face. One question we frequently answer is whether New Jersey permits gay marriage?

In short, the answer is NO. However, couples in New Jersey are permitted to enter into a Civil Union. Civil Unions are governed by the Civil Union Act, which is codified at N.J.S.A. 37:1-28 et. seq.

For two people to be able to enter into a Civil Union in New Jersey, it is necessary that they meet all three of the following criteria:

a. Not be a party to another civil union, domestic partnership or marriage;

b. Be of the same sex; and

c. Be at least 18 years of age (with some very limited exceptions).

If you are thinking of entering into a Civil Union and want to know what your legal rights are, both during your Civil Union, and in the unfortunate event that you and your partner later split up, call the skilled attorneys at Lyons & Associates at 908-575-9777, or fill out the online intake form.