NJ: Bruce Springsteen endorses marriage equality in his home state

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 2:05 am

Cool beans.  Springsteen lives in Monmouth County. “A BRIEF STATEMENT FROM BRUCE Like many of you who live in New Jersey, I’ve been following the progress of the marriage-equality legislation currently being considered in Trenton.  I’ve long believed in and have always spoken out for the rights of same sex couples and fully agree with [...]

Open Letter To The New Jersey Legislature From Peter Shumlin, Vermont Senate President Pro Tem

By: Tuesday December 8, 2009 6:40 pm

H/T Rosi Efthim  During the testimony in support of the NJ marriage equality bill on Monday, Diane Snelling, a Republican Senator from Vermont, testified that there was no backlash for VT legislators who voted this April for marriage equality.  She said, “when you do the right thing, it’s met with respect.” Today Peter Shumlin, Vermont [...]

New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee APPROVES marriage equality bill

By: Monday December 7, 2009 10:06 pm

After over 8 hours of testimony and a brief debate, the NJ Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Freedom of Religion and Equality in Civil Marriage bill (S1967) on a 7 to 6 vote.  The expectation is that the bill will be debated by the full Senate as early as Thursday. Responses will be posted after [...]

Marriage legislation still alive in New Jersey

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 9:26 pm

Over 700 marriage equality supporters rallied this morning in Trenton.  Senator Lesniak assured the crowd that “this is not the New York legislature”, and promised the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the marriage bill on Monday, December 7.  A Senate floor debate is expected as soon as Thursday, December 10.  If you can swing it, [...]

"What we have on our hands today in Trenton is a bunch of scared herd animals"

By: Monday November 30, 2009 2:58 pm

The Star-Ledger posted the dismal headline today regarding the NJ marriage equality bill: A surprisingly dark day for gay rights in New Jersey.  Steve Goldstein from Garden State Equality sums it up pretty well, saying Many of us in the progressive movement just want to throw up…Democrats put out one hand out to ask for [...]

NOM recycles its garbage in New Jersey, Garden State Equality responds

By: Tuesday November 24, 2009 8:33 pm

This morning I got an email from NOM’s Brian Brown stating that NOM had launched a $500,000 voter outreach campaign to make sure “New Jerseyans” know what’s going on in Trenton.  The campaign features a radio ad called “Give Me a Break”, which can be heard here.  Below is the script provided by NOM, but [...]

You are needed in Trenton on Monday

By: Saturday November 21, 2009 9:28 pm

UPDATE: Blend reader Matthew has provided info on how to get from Philly or NY to Trenton via public transit.  It’s at the bottom of the post. From Garden State Equality Urgent!  This Monday, November 23rd, join us at 8:30 am in Trenton to lobby for marriage equality!   Meet at Garden State Equality’s office [...]

New Jersey Governor Corzine says SSM "this year"

By: Tuesday September 15, 2009 6:00 pm

New Jersey Governor John Corzine is up for reelection in November.  That didn’t make him shy of saying in a Q & A session “I look forward to signing marriage equality legislation,” Corzine told the Press of Atlantic City. “I think that will be this year.” The Governor made the remarks Monday at a union [...]

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