- July 24, 2013
Post submitted by David Contreras Turley, former HRC Associate Regional Field Director
The Human Rights Campaign is proud to be a leading partner in the launch of New Jersey United for Marriage, the broad-based campaign working to secure marriage equality in the Garden State this year. This morning, HRC staff and members joined local and national partners in Asbury Park to announce the formation of the marriage campaign. HRC is committed to being a strong partner in the New Jersey marriage equality campaign, as it was in Rhode Island, Minnesota and Delaware earlier this year. HRC has worked with Garden State Equality and other local groups on the ground in New Jersey for years. HRC currently has had staff working in New Jersey since June and is contributing equipment and strategic leadership to the New Jersey United for Marriage campaign.
A marriage bill passed the New Jersey Legislature in February 2012 but was vetoed by Governor Chris Christie. New Jersey United for Marriage will work to secure the votes necessary to override Gov. Christie’s veto. The marriage bill initially passed last year 24-16 in the Senate and 42-33 in the Assembly. An override would require 27 votes in the Senate and 54 in the Assembly.
The campaign’s strong efforts will broaden the existing coalition of supporters by engaging new groups, including Main Street businesses, large corporate employers, industry organizations, and Republicans. An overwhelming majority — three-fifths — of New Jerseyans stand in support of marriage equality.
The Human Rights Campaign is proud stand with Garden State Equality, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, American Unity Fund, Freedom to Marry, Gill Action Fund, and Lambda Legal in forming the New Jersey United for Marriage campaign.