Lambda Legal Optimistic That Same-Sex Couples in New Jersey Will Soon Be Able to Marry
"Marriage equality in New Jersey is a matter of when—not if."
February 16, 2012
(Trenton, February 16, 2012) - Today, the New Jersey General Assembly voted to pass the marriage equality bill to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in the state. The New Jersey Senate passed the bill earlier this week. Lambda Legal urges Governor Christie to allow the bill to become law or asks that legislators override his veto, if necessary.
Lambda Legal Executive Director, Kevin Cathcart made the following statement:
"Today New Jersey's General Assembly rose above the political fray and did right by New Jersey's families. Governor Christie should follow their lead - but if he doesn't, legislators should continue to stand for equality and override his veto.
"Marriage equality in New Jersey is a matter of when—not if. New Jersey should choose to join the right side of history soon, because loving same-sex couples and their families should not have to wait any longer.
"We believe there are many paths to justice, and Lambda Legal continues to fight for marriage equality in the courts on behalf of seven same-sex couples, Garden State Equality, and all families in New Jersey. When Lambda Legal filed our first New Jersey marriage equality lawsuit in 2002, we knew we were all in for a long struggle. We have never stopped fighting for the rights of same-sex couples and their families in New Jersey while our colleagues advocate for justice in the legislature. Today we are optimistic that same-sex couples in New Jersey will be able to marry soon.
"It takes a lot of people working together to make history. We congratulate our colleagues at Garden State Equality, the courageous legislators who voted for equality, and all the advocates and allies across New Jersey who worked so hard for this victory."
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