Friends described Wauynee Wallace as a selfless, outgoing, and charismatic gay teenager, comfortable with his sexuality despite living in a city where gay youth said they were verbally harassed constantly and warned to stay off certain blocks.
"We are pleased that the New Jersey Superior Court will allow us to show how civil unions fail to provide to same-sex couples the equality promised by both the New Jersey Constitution and the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution."
Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, has promised to veto the marriage-equality bill. He has said that the issue should be put to a public vote, but critics say that civil rights should never be voted upon.