NJ Gay Marriage Ruling: Little Change To Benefit Plans

Law360, New York (October 27, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- New Jersey employers took note when the state’s Supreme Court ruled last week that same sex couples could have the same rights and benefits as married, opposite-sex couples. But the ultimate effects of the ruling seem to be less far-reaching than expected.

The New Jersey Supreme Court held in Lewis v. Harris that it was unconstitutional under the New Jersey Constitution to deny equal protection to same-sex couples.

“The court believes that it was unconstitutional to provide equal rights to single homosexuals but not married ones,”...
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