TEANECK – Senator Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, released the following statement today regarding the New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission’s report about the status of civil unions here in New Jersey:
“Today’s report voiced some of the concerns that I and some of my colleagues have had for years. The term ‘civil union’ isn’t specific enough, and it’s time to change the name to what it really should be – marriage.
“I am working on new legislation to change New Jersey’s civil unions law, and allow all couples here who want the commitment and security of marriage to be permitted to do so. This legislation will be introduced in March, and I’m hoping that my colleagues in both houses and on both sides of the aisle will endorse it. I believe that we owe this to the committed couples who have been treated like second class citizens because of their sexual preference.”
Senator Weinberg was a prime sponsor of the 2007 law, which permits same-sex couples to enter into civil unions.