Marriage Movement in New Jersey
January 31, 2012 by Karl Bach, Senior Regional Field Organizer
Last week, Trenton was the scene of another historic vote for marriage equality in New Jersey. Led by Garden State Equality, 500 supporters of marriage equality and clergy from around the state filled the Senate committee room to testify in support of the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act (S.1). After four hours of testimony, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-4 in support of the bill. Senator Paul Sarlo, who voted against marriage equality in 2009, received a standing ovation after announcing that this year he would be voting to pass marriage equality.
After Tuesday’s hearing, supporters of New Jersey’s marriage equality bill kept the momentum going at house parties and phonebanks. Garden State Equality hosted phonebanks in Collingswood and Montclair to encourage voters to call their lawmakers. House parties in Ocean Grove and North Haledon generated handwritten letters to local lawmakers.
The next vote on the marriage equality bill will be Thursday, February 2 at 10 AM at the State House in Trenton. For more information or to sign up to testify at the Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing, please visit Garden State Equality’s website.