Marriage Equality a Top Priority in Trenton
January 9, 2012 by Karl Bach, Senior Regional Field Organizer
Today in Trenton, New Jersey state legislators announced plans to make marriage equality legislation a top priority in the upcoming session. Legislators leading this effort include Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver. Senator Sweeney abstained from voting when the marriage equality bill was defeated in 2010, but now believes not supporting marriage equality was his biggest mistake as a legislator.
Louise Walpin, with her partner of 22 years Marsha Shapiro, said, "It's time for our family to be legitimized. Marriage is the only currency that is recognized, which will give us the equal protection, benefits and dignity that we deserve and which are guaranteed to us by the New Jersey state constitution.”
With the historic level of support from key legislators in Trenton, Garden State Equality - the leading LGBT advocacy group in New Jersey - announced a new grassroots campaign across the state in support of the bill. Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, said: “This is a monumental day for Garden State Equality and our marriage equality movement in New Jersey.”
HRC’s National Field Director Marty Rouse also participated in today’s press conference.HRC is on the ground to work with Garden State Equality to make marriage a reality for committed, loving same-sex couples in the Garden State.
Even with broad legislative and public support, advocates have to keep up pressure on legislators and Governor Chris Christie - who is “not a fan” of marriage equality. To learn what you can do to join the marriage equality efforts in New Jersey visit Garden State Equality’s website.
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