Life in NJ
New Jersey offers second-parent adoption, which legally recognizes a second parent outside marriage.
This law covers protection on the basis of "affectional or sexual orientation" and "gender identity and expression" in public and private employment, public accommodations, and education. New Jersey is only one of 17 states offering protection on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
The law covers many things, such as: hospital visitation/medical decision making, joint state tax status, and a requirement for NJ insurance companies to offer benefits to domestic partners. It passed overwhelmingly in both the state Senate and Assembly. Additionally, Princeton University offers domestic partnership benefits to employees who live out of state.
Hate Crimes Law
NJ's law includes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.