Former DOMA Supporter Senator Robert Menendez becomes 32nd co-sponsor of Respect for Marriage Act

By: Sunday December 18, 2011 5:41 pm

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) declared his support today for the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA, S.598), a bill that would repeal the so-called federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Senator Menendez is the 32nd U.S. Senator so far to co-sponsor the RMA and joins a growing list of senators — currently totaling 12 — who [...]

Marriage equality advocates are back in court in New Jersey

By: Friday July 1, 2011 12:11 pm

Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit this week seeking marriage equality on behalf of Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization, and seven same-sex couples and their children harmed from the unequal civil union system. The case is called Garden State Equality v. Dow (PDF) and combines both state and federal claims. It argues [...]

The Roman Catholic Church indulges in moral relativism on civil unions

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 4:40 pm

The opposition of the Roman Catholic Church’s hierarchy to marriage equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is legendary.  Not only does the Catholic Church lobby for anti-equality constitutional amendments and against marriage equality laws, it has been known to fundraise for those efforts and circulate referendum petitions during Holy Mass while the [...]

Lambda Legal to New Jersey Supreme Court: Civil Unions fail to provide equality

By: Friday March 19, 2010 2:36 pm

“The New Jersey Supreme Court ordered equality for same-sex couples, and the legislature has failed to meet that crystal-clear obligation.” –Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director, Lambda Legal The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived!  After the defeat of New Jersey’s marriage equality bill in January, Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality announced [...]

Reactions to the New Jersey marriage bill defeat

By: Thursday January 7, 2010 4:58 pm

H/t Blue Jersey for providing Steven Goldstein’s (Garden State Equality) response.  This isn’t over.  The 14-20 vote against marriage equality isn’t the final word on the issue.  We’re going back to court. With today’s vote in the state Senate, the New Jersey legislature defaulted on its constitutional obligation to provide same-sex couples in New Jersey [...]

New Jersey marriage bill DEFEATED in Senate

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 9:22 pm

UPDATE:Marriage Bill failed 14-20. The New Jersey Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday, January 7 on the Freedom of Religion and Equality in Civil Marriage Act (S1967).  The Senate session starts at 2 pm in session now! There are over 50 items on the day’s agenda (see below fold). 2:35 – The session opened with [...]

New Jersey to-do list for Wednesday and Thursday

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 1:54 am

Here is what Garden State Equality is asking you to do to help support the Senate’s Thursday vote on the marriage equality bill. As you know, the state Senate votes Thursday on the marriage equality bill – it’s the vote of a lifetime.  Please join us Thursday in Trenton at 10:30 am or earlier. This [...]

Letter by 120 clergy from 19 faiths calls for marriage equality in New Jersey

By: Monday January 4, 2010 4:13 pm

H/T Rosi Efthim.  Although the conservative variety get all the press, the truth is that nationwide, clergy and leaders from a broad spectrum of faith traditions support marriage equality.  To name but a few, we’ve seen similar statements from faith leaders in Massachusetts, in Washington, in Maine and perhaps most spectacularly in the District of [...]

New Hampshire goes equal as the New Jersey Assembly flips the bird

By: Friday January 1, 2010 12:01 am

On June 3, 2009, only an hour after the New Hampshire legislature took its final vote, marriage equality opponent Governor Lynch signed the marriage equality bill into law.  Today at 12:01 AM, January 1, 2010, the law went into effect.  New Hampshire joins Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont as the 5th state respecting all residents [...]

Strategic rescheduling of New Jersey’s marriage debate

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 5:28 pm

H/T Blue Jersey.  New Jersey’s marriage equality bill has jumped one of four hurdles: it passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday on a 7-6 vote.  The three remaining hurdles are a vote in the Senate, a vote in the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and a vote in the Assembly.  Plans were to take the [...]

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