Says Bipartisan Coalition of National Mayors Demonstrate Changing Attitude on Marriage Equality
TRENTON – Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, the sponsor – along with Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem, and Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, D-Union – of S-1, which would allow same-sex couples to enjoy the same rights to get married that heterosexual couples already enjoy in New Jersey, issued the following statement after a bipartisan coalition of the nation’s mayors announced their support for marriage equality at a news conference in Washington, DC on Friday:
“Clearly, marriage equality is an issue whose time has come. In New Jersey and around the county, we’re seeing policymakers of every political background and every walk of life acknowledge that allowing same-sex couples to get married is simply the right thing to do.
“In New Jersey, I’m proud to work with Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Raymond Lesniak to push this issue to the forefront. This isn’t about religious objections, because we’ve addressed that in our bill. This is about basic equal rights.
“I hope our Governor will follow the example of some of the mayors – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – who were courageous enough to stand up for marriage equality – mayors like Michael Bloomberg of New York City. These leaders have helped light the way. Now it’s time for New Jersey to head on the path to justice and enact true marriage equality for all of our residents.”