Civil unions have been available to same-sex couples in New Jersey since February 2007. Previous efforts to change the law failed, with the Governor vetoing a same-sex marriage law in 2012. However, same-sex marriage finally became available on October 21, 2013 after a Court ruling invalidating the state law that restricted marriage to persons of opposite gender. Governor Christie initially indicated that he would appeal the ruling, but subsequently withdrew, and therefore same-sex marriage is now available to couples in New Jersey.
New Jersey joins 13 states and the District of Columbia that allow gay couples to marry.