Gay Advocates in New Jersey say they're blocked from getting rights granted by the federal government
Lawyers for New Jersey are expected to file a brief defending the state's lack of recognition of gay marriage.
The legal papers are due Friday in a lawsuit from gay couples and their children who say that the state's civil unions fall short of a court mandate that gay couples be treated the same as married couples.
The suit has been expedited after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that invalidated key parts of a federal law banning same-sex marriage.
The advocates say New Jersey is now blocking them from getting rights granted by the federal government.
A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Aug. 15..