Legal marriage has been a contested issue as of late, due to the civil rights implications that may exist for citizens. Though the legality of unions between two members of the same sex are left to the individual states, there has been an ongoing push to adopt national legislation.
New Jersey is the latest state to address the issue of same-sex marriages, as several couples are seeking legal action in order to ensure that their civil rights will be protected, The Associated Press reported.
The families that are contesting the law are claiming that the state's current legislation regarding civil unions has not offered gay members of the community the same rights and legal protections that were initially promised, according to the news source.
A claim that was filed noted "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," reported the AP.
The fight for the legalization of gay marriage has increased in New Jersey following the passage of the approval of similar legislation by New York, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.