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Same sex couples may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as New Jersey has enacted a wide-ranging law recognizing same-sex civil unions. The measure puts civil unions on the same legal footing as marriages, and grants couples in civil unions the same rights, benefits and responsibilities as those in traditional marriages, but stops short of declaring the unions to be “marriages.” The law, which amends New Jersey’s current marriage and related statutes, became effective on February 19, 2007. The State Supreme Court directed the Legislature to act on the issue.

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