Growing Support for Marriage Equality in New Jersey
February 3, 2012 by Dan Rafter, Online Campaigns Manager
New Jersey Democratic lawmakers have made marriage equality a top priority of the 2012 legislative session, and they’re getting some boosts from influential political figures. HRC is proud to support Garden State Equality in bringing marriage equality to New Jersey.
Just yesterday, the historic marriage equality legislation passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee by a 5-2 vote. The next stop is the floor of the full Assembly. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill last week.
Earlier this week, Senator Frank Lautenberg wrote an op-ed supporting the marriage equality legislation and striking back at Governor Chris Christie’s comments that it should instead face a referendum. Senator Lautenberg wrote:
“Civil rights are not gained by referendum. Can you imagine the outcome of a Mississippi public referendum in 1964?
… If this issue came to referendum, I have faith many New Jerseyans would vote to do the right thing, but I also recognize that many others are still “evolving” on same-sex marriage. My own views have evolved over time, and today I’m proud to stand with the proponents of equality. The governor should join us — once he’s reacquainted himself with American history.”
Sen. Lautenberg isn’t the only one supporting marriage equality. Five of the Garden State's former governors – Republican Tom Kean and Democrats Brendan Byrne, Jim Florio, James McGreevey and Jon Corzine – also support the legislation. Democratic State Senator Dick Codey – who served twice as Acting Governor in the last decade – supports marriage equality, and is a key supporter of the current legislation.
HRC’s Back Story blog will have the latest on efforts to bring marriage equality to New Jersey as they develop.