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Public officialswho are authorized to perform marriages are authorized to perform civilunions. Public officials may choose whether or not to exercise thisauthority. However, if a public official agrees to perform marriages, heor she must agree to perform civil unions. If an official elects not toperform civil unions, he or she cannot perform marriages either. Publicofficials do have the right to exercise their authority only for residents oftheir municipality.
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The application must be filed in the New Jerseymunicipality in which either applicant resides and the license is validthroughout the State. If neither applicant is a New Jersey resident, theapplication must be filed in the municipality where the ceremony will occur andthe license is valid ONLY in the issuing municipality.
No. Domestic partners who wish to enter into acivil union with the same partner do not need to terminate their domesticpartnership. Once they have entered into the civil union, their domesticpartnership automatically terminates, if it was originally registered in NewJersey. If it was registered outside New Jersey, the laws of that statewould determine the validity of the domestic partnership following the civilunion.
Yes. If thedomestic partnership with a different partner was not legally terminated, orwas not terminated by the death of the previous partner, you must terminate thedomestic partnership before entering into a civil union with someone else.
If your civil union meets the requirements ofthe state in which you registered, then it is recognized by the State of NewJersey.
No. You are not required to enter into acivil union in New Jersey. If your civil union or same-sex marriage meets therequirements of the state or country in which you registered, then it isrecognized by the State of New Jersey as a civil union. However, if you wish,you may also elect to enter into a civil union in New Jersey. In thatcase, you would file for a Reaffirmation of Civil Union License in New Jersey.
Yes. There is a 72-hour waiting periodbefore the license can be issued. The waiting period begins once theapplication has been filed by one or both applicants. A Superior Courtjudge can waive all or part of the 72-hour waiting period.
No. For a Reaffirmation of Civil UnionLicense, there is no waiting period, the license can be issued immediatelyafter the complete application has been filed.
Yes. It is recommended you check theInternet website for the particular Internet ministry to verify that theirministers are authorized to perform civil union ceremonies.
No. Members of the clergy are not coveredby the Law Against Discrimination and have the right to decline to performcivil unions.
Yes. TheRegistrar is required by law to accept for filing an application for a civilunion license so long as the application is provided to the Registrar of themunicipality in which either of the applicant’s reside or, if out of Stateresidents, in the municipality in which the ceremony will occur.
Yes. However, please note that the federalgovernment does not recognize civil unions. You may choose to consult anattorney to legally establish a name change.
Yes. You can create or edit vows. Inyour vows, you may refer to each other using any terms you prefer, includingwife, spouse, lover, or life mate, and you may refer to the ceremony as amarriage. However, when the ceremony is completed, you are legallyentered into a civil union and considered a civil union couple.