- June 26, 2013
Post submitted by Karl Bach, Former HRC Senior Regional Field Organizer
Yesterday, I joined Garden State Equality staff and volunteers at the New Jersey State House in Trenton as we met with legislators in advance of key votes on three pieces of legislation. About two dozen people from all over the state took time off work and school to urge legislators to vote fully fund the anti-bullying law, to streamline the birth certificate amendment process for transgender individuals and to ban so-called "conversion therapy" on LGBT youth.
Troy Stevenson, the Executive Director of Garden State Equality, said, “It is not often in the history of an organization that three pieces of pro-LGBT legislation have successful votes on the same day, but that’s exactly what happened in Trenton yesterday. Garden State Equality and our allies at the Human Rights Campaign pushed forward legislation to ban the abusive practice of so called "conversion therapy," a bill guaranteeing one million dollars in funding to our LGBT inclusive anti-bullying bill of rights, and advancing a bill to allow transgender people in New Jersey to change the gender marker on their birth certificate without the requirement of surgery.
It was an amazing day, and great progress in the march to full equality in the state of NJ. We thank HRC’s State Legislative Director Sarah Warbelow for testifying in support of these bills and Karl Bach for joining us on such an important day.”
The Garden State Equality team will return to the State House on Thursday when the Senate could take action on these bills and for a press conference to explain how the Supreme Court’s decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 will affect New Jersey.
To learn what you can do you advance equality in New Jersey please visit Garden State Equality’s website.