New Jersey Commission says YES to Gay Marriage

The New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission has announced that New Jersey Legislators should pass a law allowing same-sex couples to marry, stating that “This commission finds that the separate categorization established by the Civil Union Act invites and encourages unequal treatment of same-sex couples and their children.”

Surprisingly, the commission reached this decision unanimously, although (despite claims to the contrary) the members are varied politically. The AP reported that, “Six of the 13 members are members of the Corzine administration, which Steven Goldstein (vice-chair of the commission) points out went to court in 2006 to oppose gay marriage. The other seven are members of the public, including one Goldstein described as a “pro-life Republican,” AnnLynne Benson of Clementon.”  

This is a landmark decision as it could encourage the NJ senate to pass a law allowing same-sex marriage, wheras up to this point all states which have allowed gay marriage (MASS, CT, CA)  have done so resulting from court decisions.

The commission reported that it did not make the decision lightly, but gathered a high amount of public opinions through several public hearings on the matter. Roughly 150 people spoke over several months to the commission, and of those the commission reports that only 10 were opposed to gay marriage.

The most hardcore Republican on the commission, Annlynne Benson (pro-life and everything) told the AP that her views on gay people have evolved over the past 15 years as she’s gotten to know more of them. This should be a BIG HINT to the rest of the nation!  Talking to your neighbors and your community is an important thing! The more people know about you, your political views, and even your sexual orientation, the less and less the issue is removed from their minds, and the easier it is to show people how important equality is.


5 responses to this post.

  1. I think the biggest thing we can do to help our cause is continue to talk to people and dispell the rumours that we are evil.


  2. Posted by Stephanie H. on December 11, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    this makes me happy. 🙂


  3. Yes, Misty, that is EXACTLY what I got out of this post and information, as well! What we did today in Cottonwood Heights was the beginning of exactly that, and all of this makes me very happy, too. I’m so excited to bring up this information at the Town Hall tomorrow, what a difference people getting to know their LGBT neighbors can make!


  4. […] an end a year long debate in the Garden State which truly began after a bipartisan/citizen comittee unanimously stated early in 2009 that New Jersey’s Civil Union law does NOT provide equal protections under the […]


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