New Jersey legalizes gay marriage today. Sort of.
All seven justices agreed that the state’s Constitution demands full legal rights for same-sex partners. But its ruling, 4 to 3, revealed a split in how to proceed. The majority said that lawmakers, not the court, should decide whether to call those arrangements a marriage, a civil union or something else. The three dissenters went further, asserting that gay couples, like their heterosexual counterparts, must be allowed to wed.
Cindy Meneghin, right, and her girlfriend, Maureen Kilian, along with their daughter, Sarah. One of 7 couples who sued the state in 2002 for the right to marry.