Thursday, December 21, 2006

NJ Governor Signs Civil Unions Law

As I mentioned last week, the NJ state Senate passed a law that would entitle same sex couples all the rights entitled to married couples.

Today, Governor Corzine signed the bill into law, making New Jersey the third state to provide civil unions for same sex couples.

During the ceremony, Corzine said, "We must recognize that many gay and lesbian couples in New Jersey are in committed relationships and deserve the same benefits and rights as every other family in this state."

The law goes into effect February 19th, 2007 and after that date these civil unions will entitle same sex couples to "adoption, inheritance, hospital visitation, medical decision-making and alimony rights and the right not to testify against a partner in court."

This might be the best Christmas present I've ever gotten: tolerance.