Occam’s Razor counsels us that the simplest solution is the best solution. This centuries-old mathematical principle is an efficient and practical guide for just about any decision in life. However, when it comes to the relationship rights of committed same-sex couples, things have been anything but simple in the Garden State.  

Over the past decade and a half, we have meandered through protests, Domestic Partnerships, litigation, Civil Unions, statewide hearings, State Supreme Court motion practice, more state litigation, even more federal litigation, a SCOTUS decision and, eventually, a state trial court ruling for marriage equality. In fact, in that timeframe, New Jersey’s effort to address the inequality visited on same-sex couples and their families has charted a most inefficient course through all three branches of government.