NJ Gay Marriage Advocates Hopeful For More [AUDIO]
Wednesday’s Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage are a victory for same-sex couples, but advocates say they still have a long way to go.
The high court ruled married same-sex couples should get the same federal tax, health and retirement benefits as heterosexual couples. Rutgers/Camden constitutional law expert Perry Dane says by invalidating provisions of the “defense of marriage act,” justices did not rule that there’s a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
“But that the federal government cannot discriminate in the sort of sweeping way that ‘DOMA’ does.”
In a second ruling, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by ruling that defenders of that state’s gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings that shot down the ban.
New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, prime sponsor of New Jersey’s Marriage Equality Act, says New Jersey still has a way to go on the issue.
Lambda Legal lawyer Hayley Gorenberg, an advocate for gay marriage in New Jersey, says she will file a motion next week asking a judge to force the sate to recognize same-sex marriage.