Seems like a no-brainer, to bar the practice of disqualifying jurors based on their sexual orientation or their gender identity. But no, somebody has to actually put that into writing, into a piece of legislation, and other people have to fight to see it enacted.
That is what organizations are for.
This morning, Garden State Equality’s ** new Director Christian Fuscarino testified for Assemblyman John MeKeon’s A3676 (sponsored also by Reed Gusciora and Valerie Vainieri Huttle) which passed its committee vote unanimously and is now referred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
People actually have to fight for this stuff – to recognize the failures of justice, to address them, and then to lobby for what’s right. In 1986, the U.S. Supreme Court found that attorneys could not dismiss jurors based exclusively on race (though there’s still work to do there). Ten years later, the Court extended that principle to female jurors.
And that’s what organizing is for.
** GSE has a Board of Advisors. I’m on that; a lot of people you know are. But I’d be writing about this stuff anyway. That’s my full disclosure.