“Marriage Equality andReligious Exemption Act”Chronology of events from NJ Supreme Courtdecision in 2006 to present
• N.J. Supreme Court decides Lewis v. Harris, 188 N.J. 415  (2006), which holds: “Denying same-sex couples the  same benef...
• In Lewis, N.J. Supreme Court issued a mandate to the  N.J. Legislature to correct this disparity. Legislature  responds ...
• Same-sex marriage advocates are not satisfied with the  civil-union law. Testimony from same-sex marriage  advocates tak...
• Emerging from the information secured during years of  testimony is a Bill that would dissolve civil unions. “Civil  Uni...
• 8-4 vote along party lines on January 24, 2012 authorize  sending the Bill (S-1) to the full senateN.J. Senate Judiciary...
• On January 24, 2012, Gov. Christie announces he will  veto the Bill. Proposes the issue be placed on the ballet in  Nove...
• Governor Christie nominates Bruce Harris, Esquire to the  N.J. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Mr. Harris will be the  firs...
• The N.J. Senate is expected to vote on the Bill on  February 13, 2012 (Earlier vote taken during lame duck  session resu...
• N.J. Assembly panel passes the Bill (5-2 along party  lines), which is now headed to the full Assembly for a  vote on or...
?What’s next?
• The information for this slide show came from a super  article written by Pamela Brownstein from the N.J. Law  Journal. ...
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A Chronology of Events from 2006 to present.
There has been a lot of tumult beginning with the N.J. Supreme Court decision in Lewis v. Harris, and leading to the present fight expected on the floors of the N.J. Assembly and Senate.

Do you think this Bill will pass both houses of the N.J. Legislature? Will Gov. Christie make good on his threat to veto the Bill? Will it be added to the ballet in November 2012?

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"Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act"-[same sex marriage act]

  1. 1. “Marriage Equality andReligious Exemption Act”Chronology of events from NJ Supreme Courtdecision in 2006 to present
  2. 2. • N.J. Supreme Court decides Lewis v. Harris, 188 N.J. 415 (2006), which holds: “Denying same-sex couples the same benefits as heterosexual couples violates the equal protection guarantee of Article 1 of the state constitution.”Lewis v. Harris
  3. 3. • In Lewis, N.J. Supreme Court issued a mandate to the N.J. Legislature to correct this disparity. Legislature responds by passing the civil-union law.The Civil-Union Law
  4. 4. • Same-sex marriage advocates are not satisfied with the civil-union law. Testimony from same-sex marriage advocates taken by the Commission and CommitteeCivil Union ReviewCommission & SenateJudiciary Committe
  5. 5. • Emerging from the information secured during years of testimony is a Bill that would dissolve civil unions. “Civil Union partners would be able to apply for a marriage license…” [via blog post, Pamela Brownstein, N.J. Law Journal]“Marriage Equality andReligious Exemption Act"
  6. 6. • 8-4 vote along party lines on January 24, 2012 authorize sending the Bill (S-1) to the full senateN.J. Senate JudiciaryCommittee
  7. 7. • On January 24, 2012, Gov. Christie announces he will veto the Bill. Proposes the issue be placed on the ballet in November 2012Governor Christie
  8. 8. • Governor Christie nominates Bruce Harris, Esquire to the N.J. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Mr. Harris will be the first openly gay justice.Bruce Harris, Esquire
  9. 9. • The N.J. Senate is expected to vote on the Bill on February 13, 2012 (Earlier vote taken during lame duck session resulted in Bill’s defeat 20-4).N.J. Senate
  10. 10. • N.J. Assembly panel passes the Bill (5-2 along party lines), which is now headed to the full Assembly for a vote on or about February 16, 2012N.J. Assembly
  11. 11. ?What’s next?
  12. 12. • The information for this slide show came from a super article written by Pamela Brownstein from the N.J. Law Journal. Thank you Pam.Pamela Brownstein

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