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New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora: I'm Gay

GuscioraNew Jersey Assemblyman Democrat Reed Gusciora told New Jersey Network news show "On the Record" on Sunday that he is gay. The lawmaker said he has never denied he was gay, but decided to do so, according to the Star-Ledger because "his sponsorship of the marriage equality bill seemed to raise the question in the minds of others."

Gusciora is pushing for same-sex marriage in that state and apparently didn't want speculation about his sexual orientation to be a distraction. Said Gusciora: "I've just never made an issue of it. If someone asks me, I tell them. No one ever asked me publicly before."

Gusciora's proposal is, according to the Ledger, "to create government-sanctioned 'civil marriage' for everyone. The measure also protects religious institutions from being forced to perform or recognize the unions. He said the idea, which mimics the laws in several European nations, is a step beyond civil unions, which recognize the rights of same-sex couples without calling it marriage."

Steven Goldstein of Garden State Equality said Gusciora's coming out has significance because he can now bring a personal perspective to the battle: "'Reed's coming out has enormous historical and policy consequences.' Gay rights advocates in states such as California and New York have had more success in the legislative process, Goldstein said, because of the personal impact openly gay lawmakers can have on the views of their colleagues."

The general agreement is that Gusciora's sexuality will be "a non-issue." Added Gusciora: "At least I hope so. New Jersey is a lot more tolerant than other states."

Activists will kick off a 10-day campaign today to try and convince lawmakers that marriage, and not civil unions, is the way to go. Goldstein told the Star-Ledger in a separate report: "There is a sense of anger in the gay community that we're being excluded, that our relationships are somehow less. We want full marriage equality."

Mercer assemblyman acknowledges he's gay [star-ledger]

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  1. Well, this photo of him is so hyper flattering. In the pictures on his web site he looks like George Costanza! And he's sporting a white t-shirt under his shirt and some gold buttons. Yuck! But, yeah, nice political move.

    Posted by: borut | Dec 5, 2006 12:23:56 PM


  2. That comment is both shallow and cynical.

    Who cares what he looks like? Gusciora is trying to extend equality in the State of New Jersey. And coming out now doesn't necessarily help him or the cause, so to label his revelation as politically motivated is unfair.

    Good for Reed Gusciora. I hope he succeeds. Rather smart of him to look to Europe for socially progressive legislation, too.

    Posted by: LiamOg | Dec 5, 2006 1:03:29 PM


  3. Borut, when you have hypercritical jackasses like you worrying about politicians looks, no wonder the country is in the condition it is today. Grow up.

    Posted by: Tread | Dec 5, 2006 1:07:29 PM


  4. LIAMOG, regarding my "nice political move" comment: the article states that he "apparently didn't want speculation about his sexual orientation to be a distraction" while pushing for same-sex marrige, and Steven Goldstein is quoted as saying:"Reed's coming out has enormous historical and policy consequences." So, obviously, there are political motivations and political consequences to this move, and that's what I had in mind.

    TREAD, I'm actually European.

    Sorry if I'm not deep and serious enough for you guys. You obviously can't stand a bitchy fag. Homo-cons?

    Posted by: borut | Dec 5, 2006 1:27:34 PM


  5. Does the "homo-cons" comment come with a finger snap in the zed formation, or a set of jazz hands?

    Posted by: LiamOg | Dec 5, 2006 1:41:03 PM


  6. Just get back to right topic here. Reed is of course a politician. And I applaud any politician who comes foward and comes out. I actually have met Reed and the article correctly states that he was not in the closet. A public acknowledgement is good for New Jersey, good for Reed, and good for all of us. I applaud him.

    Posted by: John | Dec 5, 2006 1:49:51 PM


  7. LIAMOG, try with holding your nose.

    Posted by: borut | Dec 5, 2006 1:58:26 PM


  8. Applause for Gusciora, LIAMOG, and Tread!

    Posted by: Leland | Dec 5, 2006 2:33:23 PM


  9. I like him. What's up with him? I thought he looked a very attractive man.

    Some people are never happy.

    Well done Reed, everyone makes a difference.

    Posted by: EM | Dec 7, 2006 2:49:28 AM


  10. I commend Mr. Guscoira for his courage to come out.

    Posted by: Karim | Dec 9, 2006 4:02:15 PM


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