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  • NJ A1844
  • The "Full Marriage Recognition for Civil Union Couples Act"; recognizes certain civil unions as marriages dating back to inception of such civil unions.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill, titled the "Full Marriage Recognition for Civil Union Couples Act," would, with respect to civil unions: - prohibit the formation of any new civil unions pursuant to P.L.2006, c.103 (C.37:1-28 et al.), since same-sex couples now have the right to marry, as stated in the Superior Court decision of Garden State Equality v. Dow, 434 N.J Super. 163 (Law Div. 2013); - permit existing civil union couples to obtain marriage licenses pursuant to R.S.37:1-1 et seq. without paying any license fees; - permit these couples to immediately marry by waiving the standard 72-hour waiting period before the marriage license is issued, as normally required under R.S.37:1-4; and - provide, by operation of law, that a civil union couple from this or another jurisdiction (or legally equivalent couple from another jurisdiction), who subsequently enters into a marriage together would, after the solemnization of the marriage and upon the filing of the marriage license and certificate of marriage with the appropriate municipal clerk, whether the marriage occurred before, on, or after the effective date of the bill, be deemed to be married as of the earlier date of their civil union. The couple could also at any time obtain a marriage certificate with the date of the marriage amended to the earlier date of the civil union (or equivalent from another jurisdiction), by providing proof of that earlier date to the municipal clerk where the marriage license was filed.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
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