Image above: Marsha Shapiro (far right) at a February 2012 press conference celebrating the Senate’s passage of marriage equality.
Many years ago, I attended a same-sex wedding in Manhattan. The brides could not be legally married in New Jersey because marriage equality was still being debated here. But when same-sex marriage became a reality in the Garden State, there was a rush of nuptials at midnight on the day the law took effect.
One such wedding involved a long-term committed couple, Marsha Shapiro and Louise Walpin. The guest list was a who’s who in the fight for equality. Senator Loretta Weinberg walked Marsha and Louise down the aisle, at the home of Senator Raymond Lesniak. Rosi was there, and Joey was one of the chuppah bearers.
Marsha and Louise had fought for their marriage for a long time. They were a constant figure in Trenton during the marriage equality debate. But their activism has not stopped, even after their victory.
On Friday, at a rally for Senator Robert Menendez, they contrasted our senator’s support for equality with his opponent’s misogyny. Here are their remarks from that event in Princeton.
The information about the wedding was provided to me by Rosi.