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Sweeney Issues Statement On Marriage Equality Referendum

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement today regarding Governor Christie’s proposed marriage equality referendum:

“It’s time for everyone, from the governor to the chattering observers, to stop talking about a marriage equality referendum in terms of ‘if.’ There will be no referendum on marriage equality in New Jersey, period.

“Someone once said that ‘the rule for effective government is simple: When you see a problem, you fix it.’ Unfortunately, the governor is failing to live up to his own words. He and some of his colleagues could stand to learn from Washington State, where yesterday the Senate passed marriage equality. They did it with the votes of four Republican Senators who stood up for justice and equality, rather than simply shrug off their responsibility as legislators to act.

“Real leaders take action. When the Senate votes on this issue on February 13, it will be a very simple choice: you either support marriage equality, or you don’t. There is no third option.”

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