New Jersey Lawmakers to Vote on Marriage Next Week
February 10, 2012 by Karl Bach, Senior Regional Field Organizer
The New Jersey Senate and Assembly are scheduled to vote on a marriage equality bill next week, and phone calls, e-mails and letters are pouring into legislative offices.
Supporters of marriage equality from all over the state are getting together to make sure lawmakers know there is overwhelming support for marriage equality in New Jersey. Action is being taken online and offline. More than 3,000 e-mail messages were sent to legislators in one day through Garden State Equality’s website, and students at William Paterson University shared their personal stories in handwritten letters. Volunteers are also gathering in Cherry Hill, Montclair and Highland Park to make calls and help spread the word about the upcoming marriage vote.
HRC Greater New York Political Co-Chair Gary Hilbert said, “Garden State Equality and HRC conducted another successful evening of phone banking last night in Montclair and Cherry Hill, and you could easily feel the excitement level and support for marriage equality in the voices of our fellow New Jersey constituents. Especially with what is going on in Washington State and here at home, supporters are feeling refreshed and invigorated in our quest for equality.”
“Personally, I spent more time on calls than usual to listen to supporters voice an enthusiasm that was, well, quite infectious. The gist of our calls was to remind supporters that on Monday, February 13, the full New Jersey Senate will be voting on the marriage bill. We are encouraging all of our supporters to call legislators and to join us in the State House gallery on Monday morning. It’s important to demonstrate that the marriage bill has strong community support.”
For more about the marriage campaign in New Jersey or to get involved, contact Karl at Karl.Bach@hrc.org
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