Tuesday, February 20, 2007
"About a dozen couples visited clerks’ offices in New Jersey on Monday, the first day on which people were allowed to submit applications for civil unions, which guarantee all the rights and benefits of heterosexual marriage. New Jersey is the third state to offer civil unions, following Vermont, which introduced them to rapt national attention in 2000, and Connecticut, which quietly followed suit in 2005.
Massachusetts is the only state in which same-sex couples can marry. California has a domestic partnership law that guarantees many of the rights of marriage.
A handful of couples in New Jersey were so eager to take advantage of the new law that they waited outside clerks’ offices until 12:01 on Monday, when the first civil unions could be processed. Among that group, some said the experience was bittersweet; activists had held out hope that New Jersey would follow Massachusetts as the second state to grant same-sex couples the right to marry." By Ellen Barry, N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 2-20-07 NVS)