Gender change on birth certificates now easier in New Jersey

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – It’s now easier for New Jersey transgender residents to change their genders on their birth certificates.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed the measure into law July 3.

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Christie approves law to give schools transgender policy guidance

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation July 21,  requiring the state to give guidance to public schools about policies for transgender students, including blocking the schools from forcing the students from using bathrooms that conflict with their gender identities.

The civil rights group Garden State Equality applauded the Republican governor for signing the measure saying that Christie took a stand for LGBT youth.

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Gay conversion therapy claims are fraud says N.J. judge

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A judge in New Jersey has ruled that claims of gay conversion therapy that describe being gay as a curable mental disorder are fraud.

Hudson County Superior Court Judge Peter Bariso Jr. ruled Feb. 10 in the case involving the Jersey City-based Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing and said that those claims are illegal based on the state’s Consumer Fraud Act. Bariso also said it’s fraudulent to offer “success statistics” because “there is no factual basis for calculating such statistics.”

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NJ couple sues Gov. Christie over ban on gay conversion therapy

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A southern New Jersey couple has sued Gov. Chris Christie over his signing of a bill banning so-called gay conversion therapy, claiming it violates their constitutional rights.

The couple, who isn’t identified in the court papers filed Friday, claims the law violates their rights to free speech and free exercise of religion because it prevents them from seeking treatment for their 15-year-old son.

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Gov. Christie’s choice to stand down has GOP talking about marriage equality

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Washington (AP) – Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to stop fighting gay marriage in New Jersey was pragmatic – same sex weddings had already begun and a court warned that the state would have little chance of overturning them. But the move also reflects Christie’s bid to cast himself as leader of a welcoming GOP as he seeks re-election and ponders a White House bid.

Friends and foes describe the move simply as Christie being Christie.

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New Jersey asks judge to hold off on marriage equality ruling

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is asking a judge to delay implementation of her order that the state allow gay marriage until an appeal can be decided, saying the state will suffer “irreparable harm” if same-sex marriages are allowed without its highest court weighing in.

The motion was an expected part of the fallout from the Sept. 27 ruling by Judge Mary Jacobson that the state must recognize same-sex marriage starting Oct. 21. The administration of the Republican governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate said hours after the ruling that it would appeal, and it announced Monday that it would seek to keep any gay marriages from being performed while the appeal is being considered.

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