A New Jersey judge should rule in favor of six couples who claim the state's civil unions law unfairly penalizes same-sex partners, The New York Times editorial board writes. The suit argues that because couples in civil unions are ineligible for federal benefits afforded married couples, the civil-union statute violates the state's constitutional guarantee of equal treatment for same-sex couples. The editorial board argues that the state courts should stand up to Gov. Chris Christie and replace the civil-unions law with full marriage equality. "Gay couples and their families have waited long enough for fair treatment," the board writes.

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