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Garden State Equality et al. v. Dow, et al.

Case #: MER-L-1729-11
Date Filed: 29 June 2011
Ruling Date: 27 September 2013


  • A federal lawsuit challenging the state's civil union law and seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
  • 27 September 2013, Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled in favor of marriage equality.
  • 18 October 2013, the NJ Supreme Court denied a request for a stay on the ruling.
  • 21 October 2013, same-sex couples began marrying.
  • 21 October 2013, the Christie administration dropped its appeal of the ruling.

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