NJ Marriage Supporters Gather at Community Meetings Across the State
October 17, 2013 by David Contreras Turley, Associate Regional Field Director
Post submitted by Vashti Selix, HRC NJUM Campus Outreach Director
New Jersey United for Marriage continues to fight to override Governor Christie’s marriage veto before the end of the legislative session on January 14. With 27 field organizers on the ground, the campaign is working across the state to encourage marriage equality supporters to talk to their legislators and urge them to vote for a veto override. NJUM has held a series of success community meetings in Frenchtown, Summit, Neptune, Egg Harbor Township, Marlton, and Villas.
We held our first of many community meetings across the Garden State about marriage equality in Frenchtown. Over 20 community leaders, families and marriage equality supporters spent the evening with field staff from New Jersey United for Marriage learning more about the campaign and how they can be a part of the work being done to finally secure marriage equality for all New Jerseyans.
We heard stories from couples like Ruth and David of Flemington, who want their daughter to have the freedom to marry in her home state. Faith leaders like Rev. Hirshberg of Califon spoke about how they’re waiting to marry gay and lesbian couples in their congregations.
By the end of the night, it was clear that New Jerseyans in Hunterdon County are excited to take action. They are talking to their neighbors and building support throughout Hunterdon County, in addition to joining phone banks, writing letters, and meeting with their legislators.
New Jersey United for Marriage, of which HRC is a proud partner, has mounted a campaign to secure marriage equality legislatively for all loving and committed couples in New Jersey.
Whether equality is achieved through this case being allowed to stand or through the legislative process, New Jersey United for Marriage will fight to make sure that the protections and responsibilities of marriage are extended to all loving and committed couples in New Jersey.
HRC has five field staff in New Jersey as part of its investment in the campaign. To join in the fight, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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