Governor Corzine has been courageous enough to declare that he would, indeed, sign a marriage equality bill, should reach his desk.
However, right now, gay couples must be satisfied with civil unions, which apparently do not work very well, legally speaking. Justice Barry Albin wrote the opinion that gave us civil unions in New Jersey. In civil rights terms it is kind of like being in the middle of the bus.
However a new wrinkle has reared its ugly head. Let’s say you and your gay beau got married in a country where gay marriage is legal ---right now, Canada, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, and Spain. And you’re an American. And now you want to get a divorce----if you live in New Jersey, you have to stay married, according to the AG’s office at least.
So, you can’t get married, and if you’re married you can’t get a divorce. Some progress.
From the NJ Law Journal:
In a ruling of first impression, a state judge in Trenton held Friday that same-sex spouses validly married in other states or countries can seek divorces in New Jersey if they otherwise meet jurisdictional requirements. Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that La Kia Hammond of Trenton may file for divorce from a woman she married in British Columbia, Canada, and who now lives in Delaware. Hammond could not seek a divorce in Canada because she is not a resident there, leaving her with no other forum than her home state. The N.J. attorney general's office opposed recognizing the same-sex marriage for purposes of divorce, suggesting instead that the marriage be dissolved as if it were a civil union. Officials have not said whether the state will appeal.