Gay Couples to Sue NJ for Right to Marry

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The gay marriage debate has taken a new turn in New Jersey.
    
Seven homosexual couples plan to file a lawsuit Wednesday in another effort to force the state to recognize same-sex marriage.
    
Although the state already has a civil union law, they say it creates an unconstitutional separate designation.

"The separate and inherently unequal statutory scheme singles out lesbians and gay men for inferior treatment on the basis of their sexual orientation and sex and also has a profoundly stigmatizing effect on them, their children, and other lesbian and gay New Jerseyans," the litigants said in their claim.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made it clear he's no fan of gay marriage and had no intentions of following in the footsteps of New York, which just legalized it.

He added that he would be willing to improve on his state's civil union law if need be.

"I don't want same-sex couples to be deprived of legal rights," he told New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio.

But "marriage is an institution that has centuries-old implications in both religious and cultural institutions," Christie added. "I believe it should remain between one man and one woman."

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