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New Jersey Dems Send Letter, Demand Vote on Marriage Equality

And in the Garden State:

Nj "Some 200 prominent New Jersey Democrats are urging the Legislature to vote on a gay marriage bill. The Democrats , including members of Congress, fundraisers and lobbyists , released a letter to leaders in the Senate and Assembly Tuesday demanding the bill be voted up or down before the lame-duck session ends in January."

The Trentonian reports: "Signers include Reps. Steve Rothman and Rush Holt, mayors Cory Booker of Newark and David DelVecchio of Lambertville, Public Advocate Ron Chen, and dozens of rank-and-file Democrats."

Yesterday, lawmakers expressed pessimism about having the votes to pass such a bill.

Said Steve Goldstein of Garden State Equality, the state’s leading gay rights group: "Many of us in the progressive movement just want to throw up. Democrats put out one hand out to ask for money, and with the other they stab you in the back."

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  1. Right now, the battle for our equality is in the NJ State Senate - and these are some Senators that need to be contacted ASAP, before Thursday... call them and let them know you support equality, and they should too. Their votes are pivotal in the passing of the legislation:

    Senator Paul Sarlo: (201) 804-8118
    Senator Nicholas Sacco: (201) 295-0200
    Senator Shirley Turner: (609) 530-3277
    Senator John Girgento: (973) 427-1229
    Senator Dana Redd: (856) 225-9068

    Also, this Thursday (12/3) there is a rally in Trenton in favor of Marriage Equality, if you are able to make it. Click here to get more info: http://site.pfaw.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=12981&em_id=10081.0

    Posted by: CKNJ | Dec 1, 2009 3:31:42 PM


  2. more points to consider:

    Our opponents, recognizing that arguments based on substance are an uphill battle for them in progressive New Jersey, are focusing more on process.

    Our opponents say no matter where you stand on marriage equality, why not let the people vote – especially if our side is confident a majority of New Jersey supports us.

    Our opponents also say it is particularly unfair for the legislature to rush the bill during the lame duck session.

    Here's how we can respond to those words and actions:

    This issue isn’t being rushed. It’s been debated in New Jersey for eight years.

    Our opponents proclaimed the issue was for the legislature to decide until they feared they would lose a legislative vote. Our opponents are now trying to move the goal posts.

    Len Deo, New Jersey Family Policy Council president, March 20, 2006, in a New Jersey Law Journal op-ed he wrote: “As the N.J. Supreme Court prepares to release its decision, it has an essential obligation to the people of New Jersey to leave the issue of marriage to the Legislature, which has the authority and responsibility to set public policy and privileges for the citizenry.” 

John Tomicki, New Jersey Coalition to Preserve and Protect Marriage director, October 24, 2006, as reported by Gannett: "This does not belong in the courts, it belongs in the Legislature.”

John Tomicki, October 22, 2005, as reported by the Star-Ledger: "The question belongs in the Legislature. We do not believe the court will seize the opportunity to legislate public policy from the bench."

    The New Jersey legislature has never the shirked its responsibility to advance civil rights. Our legislature is a national leader that’s fallen behind other states that have enacted marriage equality by statute, like Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut.

    Referenda on issues are not a contest of popular opinion. They’re contests of which outside influences can flood the political process with money. Do we really want that?

    Posted by: CKNJ | Dec 1, 2009 3:57:04 PM


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