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Commission Report Cites Flaws in New Jersey Civil Union Law

By TINA KELLEY
Published: February 20, 2008

New Jersey’s civil union law “creates a second-class status” for same-sex couples and is particularly vexing for people in the military, transgender people, the poor and minorities, according to a report issued on Tuesday by a commission set up to review the law.

The 12-member commission included lawyers and ministers who advocate gay rights, as well as government officials from agencies that provide benefits to couples. It based its report heavily on testimony at three public hearings last year and did not make any recommendations.

But in highlighting problems encountered by hundreds of the nearly 2,400 couples who have obtained civil unions in the year since they were created, the report suggested that the law is not fulfilling its mandate of providing same-sex couples

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Added: Feb-20-2008 
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