Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

New Jersey Senate rejects marriage equality

A New Jersey Senate bill that would’ve legalized same-sex marriage failed today. The vote was 20-14.

Outgoing Democratic Governor Jon S. Corzine said in a statement that he was “deeply disappointed” by the move.

“Denying any group of people a fundamental human right because of who they are, or whom they love, is wrong, plain and simple,” stated Corzine (pictured below).

“As was the case when Americans faced legal discrimination on the basis of their race or gender, history will frown on the denial of the basic right of marriage equality.”

Steven Goldstein, chair of the lobbying group Garden State Equality, said in a statement that the state legislature has “defaulted on its constitutional obligation to provide same-sex couples in New Jersey equal protection,” as unanimously mandated in 2006, when the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples should have the same legal and financial rights as other couples.

Garden State Equality and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund have announced they’ll go back to court to obtain marriage equality.

Referring to current New Jersey law, Kevin Cathcart, Lambda’s executive director, said in a statement, “There is enormous, heartbreaking evidence that civil unions are not equal to marriage, and we will be going back to the courts in New Jersey to fight for equality. Too many families are at risk.  We cannot wait any longer.”

Republican Governor-elect Chris Christie, who opposes same-sex marriages, is expected to take office later this month.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 7, 2010 @ 3:32 pm PST
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