Author Archive: Assemblyman Tim Eustace

Making Marriage Equality a reality in NJ

It has been one year since Governor Christie vetoed the marriage equality legislation.  Since then, we have watched as families in Maine, Maryland and Washington rightfully receive equality as New Jersey has continued to treat our families as second class citizens.  We have come a long way since the first attempt to pass marriage equality in 2010.  Our legislative leaders fought for and delivered an affirmative vote for marriage equality in both houses of the legislature.  These leaders include Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Majority Leaders Loretta Weinberg and Lou Greenwald, four people to whom we are grateful to for fighting for LGBT families across our state.  There are many others for our cause: Democratic prime sponsors Senator Ray Lesniak and Assemblymembers Connie Wagner, John McKeon, and Ruben Ramos; Republican co-sponsor Senator Jennifer Beck and Republican “yes” vote Senator Diane Allen; and the many legislators who balanced religious concerns with ensuring equal protection for the LGBT community.  Also, former Senate President Dick Codey and Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts deserve special recognition for their determination and leadership to get us to this point.