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“Every single American — gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender — every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of our society. It’s a pretty simple proposition.” – President Barack Obama
I believe in equal rights, and I want to help get us there.
On the issue of marriage, I want you to know where I stand. And I want the people of the 16th Legislative District to know that I intend to represent all of them in the Assembly, not only the couples and families whose rights the state more fully recognizes.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court Struck down DOMA and delivered a historic victory in the fight for equal rights for the LGBT community. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said that DOMA wrote inequality into federal law. And that's a little like where we are now in New Jersey. Our civil union law, which was supposed to give same sex couples the same rights and protections as heterosexual couples, doesn't deliver. This week, oral arguments will be heard in Superior Court in Trenton challenging that law. Change is coming. And I'm dedicated to it.
The false arguments put up by marriage equality opponents are insulting to the intelligence and demeaning to the committed individuals who simply want the opportunity their straight friends have: to be happy with their loved one, and to raise their families in peace. This separate and unequal treatment must end.
Civil unions do not afford same sex couples the same rights and privileges as married couples. That must change, not only for them, but also for their children and families. And for the rest of us; equality strengthens all of us. Some of our politicians have confused their priorities. Instead of spending their time and energy – and public resources – standing in the way of some of our couples and families, our elected leaders should be working for New Jersey's economic recovery so people can afford to stay in their home, plan for retirement and have a good school to which they can send their kids.
While my GOP opponents, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, voted against Marriage Equality, I will continue to stand with the true leaders in Trenton, and the people of LD16 and throughout New Jersey as we fight for equal rights for all of our state’s residents regardless of who they choose to love.