Same-sex couples suing for the right to marry in New Jersey must begin a new legal fight in the state's lower courts before its highest court will weigh in. The state Supreme Court's decision not to hear the case was a defeat for marriage-equality advocates, who claim the state's civil-union measure does not fulfill the high court's now-4-year-old mandate to equalize the rights and benefits afforded to heterosexual and same-sex couples in New Jersey.

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