*Gay couples who sued New Jersey for the right to marry are setting the stage for another court battle two months after the state Senate turned down a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

On Thursday, a motion was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs in the original Lewis v. Harris lawsuit, which resulted in a New Jersey Supreme Court decision that forced the state to grant all the benefits of marriage to committed gay couples.

Though the 2006 ruling led to the legalization of civil unions for same-sex couples, gay rights activists insist that the civil union remedy enacted by the legislature has not fulfilled the guarantee of equality promised in the court’s 2006 order.

“The New Jersey Supreme Court ordered equality for same-sex couples when it decided our marriage lawsuit in 2006, and the legislature has failed to meet that crystal-clear obligation,” said Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director at Lambda Legal, which filed suit Thursday on behalf of the Lewis v. Harris plaintiffs.

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