Thursday, January 7, 2010

N.J. Senate Rejects Gay Marriage Bill

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TRENTON -- The state Senate rejected a gay marriage bill Thursday. This is a pathetic victory for opponents who contend that the measure would damage religious freedom. They actually think that since the state already has civil unions which provides about 1/3 of the rights of marriage, this justifies making New Jersey's LGBT community 2nd class citizens. The 14 to 20 vote followed hours of public debate inside the packed Senate chamber. Gov. Jon Corzine supported the measure but Chris Christie, who will replace him in 2 weeks, said he'd veto it. Updates to Come…
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Anonymous Jarrett Barrios said...

Only with marriage can gay and lesbian families fully take care of each other and today’s vote is a painful loss for couples in New Jersey as well as across the country. The march towards equality is far from over. The Supreme Court of New Jersey unanimously ruled in 2006 that the New Jersey Constitution demands that same-sex couples must be treated equally and GLAAD joins Garden State Equality and Lambda Legal to continue working for equality in New Jersey. We urge gay and lesbian New Jersey couples and allies to share their stories with their neighbors, friends, co-workers and local media to show legislators that the public supports fairness for all couples. We also encourage media outlets to share stories of the New Jersey couples who are left vulnerable after today’s vote.

Jarrett Barrios is President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

January 7, 2010 at 5:18 PM  

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