Posted May 30, 2007 12:30 am CDT
Same-sex couples who enter into civil unions in New Jersey are finding that the 100-day-old marriage alternative for gays and lesbians doesn’t fully protect their rights in a crisis.
For instance, when Craig Ross, 46, was laid off from his insurance company job, his partner’s employer wouldn’t give Ross health benefits that a married couple could have counted on, reports <a href=”http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj–gaymarriage-100da0529may29,0,3939039.story? That cost Ross and Richard Cash, 54, $445 per month in health insurance.
“This was the state where our relationship would finally be recognized,” says Cash, who lives with Ross in Franklin Township in Somerset County. “We’re very frustrated,” says Ross.