[JURIST] Gay rights groups Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [complaint text, PDF; case materials] on Wednesday to force the state of New Jersey to recognize and legalize same-sex marriage as opposed to its current Civil Unions Law [text, PDF]. The suit was filed in the Mercer County Superior Court of New Jersey on behalf of eight same-sex couples [press release] who have had civil unions and are seeking declaratory and injunctive relief due to…