She's fabulous, gorgeous and has a big long pony tail that I secretly want to French braid. She's also a bit of a diva. Basically what we gays affectionately call a “fag hag.” Straight out of central casting. For better or worse, she just gives off that vibe.
But here's the deal, she's not a true friend to NJ's LGBT community as proved by her NO vote on Marriage Equality. To make it worse, as a member of the Judiciary Committee Sen. Beck shares a rather unfortunate distinction of being one of only 4 NJ Senators to vote against marriage equality TWICE. For those of y'all keeping score, YES it does make it twice as bad.
Frankly i was surprised and hurt when she voted NO (for reasons described in paragraph 1) but in retrospect it makes sense: Governor Chris Christie was on the lookout for a LtGovernor at the time and Beck was widely considered to be on the shortlist. Voting for Gay rights was not gonna score any points with Christie who's admittedly “not a fan” of equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians.
So it was newsy when Jane Roh reported Senator Beck's evolving position on equality. In her own words:
“There are lots of reasons why I ultimately voted no. My position has evolved. I spent a lot of time on this issue, and at the end of the day, I would support it if it came before me.”
Naturally we welcome her change of heart. Change is good.
You know what else has changed? Beck's district.
So Beck's track record on equality: vote against Gay people when it matters (or when it suits her politically) but now that she wants to represent the gayest district in NJ a sudden the sudden conversion. Go figure. If Senator Beck wants to do something useful for the gays i her district, she could start by working to build a veto-proof majority.
Anyway, Beck's opponent in this November's election Ray Santiago remarked on the Senator's, ahem, change of heart:
Jen Beck's recent opportunistic flip flop regarding marriage equality is troubling to me and should be to all voters. She voted for discrimination when it mattered most. You either stand for equal rights or you don't.
For most voters Gay marriage doesn't top their list of political priorities. But it's a window into what makes Jen Beck –the candidate — tick. And her voting pattern indicates a loyalty to Governor Chris Christie which causes to betray her own moderate gay-friendly values in favor of Republican party discipline.
Which really sucks. Cuz last i checked, Chris Christie doens't live in Senator Beck's district.