Organizing on the Jersey Shore for Marriage
September 6, 2013 by David Contreras Turley, Associate Regional Field Director
Post submitted by HRC New Jersey United for Marriage organizer Katie Guaro
As summer slowly comes to an end, the Human Rights Campaign and New Jersey United for Marriage is doing everything we can to override Chris Christie’s marriage veto. I've been on the ground working to secure marriage equality support on the Jersey Shore since the beginning of August, and our campaign is gaining momentum rapidly. As an organizer for
Late last month, we attended "LGBT Pride Night" at the home stadium of the Blue Claws, a minor league baseball team based in Lakewood, NJ. The event was organized by members of Jersey Shore PFLAG, who marched in a pride parade onto the field to kick off the night. I was able to meet many of the group's active members, learn more about all their amazing work on the Shore, and let them know who they could help our campaign pass marriage in the Garden State this year.
Jersey Shore QSpot, a community support organization based in Asbury Park, also attended the game to participate in the LGBT Pride Night. I had the great opportunity to meet a number of committed couples as well as straight allies excited to help Hew Jersey United for Marriage and pass marriage in New Jersey.
Regional Field Director Bella Week and our field intern James Deckard engaged and recruited as many attendees in the crowd of 2,000 as possible. Most people were very supportive and were excited to call their legislators, urging them to allow all loving, committed couples the freedom to marry in New Jersey. Jersey Shore's senators and assemblypeople heard from a number of strait allies including mothers, grandmothers, brothers, and some former Marine. Our team is excited to mobilize all the tremendous support her in Monmouth County.
To get more involved and learn what you can do to pass marriage New Jersey this year, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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