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NJ Lawmakers Introduce Marriage Equality Legislation

New Jersey marriage equality legislationPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

New Jersey’s Democratic state leadership is introducing marriage equality legislation as the first item of the new legislative session. The legislation has the support of leadership in both the State Senate and Assembly, and comes months after a powerful victory for marriage equality in neighboring New York.

Currently, New Jersey allows civil unions. The state’s Republican governor, Chris Christie, has said in the past that he does not support marriage equality.

The state’s Democratic delegation to Congress issued a letter to their colleagues at the state-level urging them to support the legislation. Read the full letter. The legislation has broader support than it did several years ago, when State Senate President Stephen Sweeney abstained from a vote. Sweeney is now a key supporter of the marriage equality legislation.

HRC is looking forward to working with state leaders like Garden State Equality so that couples in New Jersey can soon have the ability to form loving and committed families.

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