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Weinberg Statement On Supreme Court’s Ruling On Marriage Equality Case

Senator Disappointed that Marriage Equality Advocates Will Have to Wait Longer for Resolution, but Encouraged that the Door is Still Open To Equality

TRENTON – State Senator Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, one of the prime sponsors of the “Freedom of Religion and Equality in Civil Marriage Act” which was considered during the last legislative session in the State Senate, issued the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case for marriage equality until after it had established a trial record in New Jersey’s lower courts:

“Certainly I’m disappointed for the six couples involved in this case, and the hundreds of same-sex couples around the State who will have to continue to wait for their civil right to choose to marry whomever they want.

“However, the court left the door open for New Jersey to catch up to states like Iowa, where marriage equality is the law of the land, and Argentina, which just recently approved national marriage equality legislation, and the many other states and countries around the world which have put civil rights ahead of fear and persecution for same-sex couples.

“Marriage equality advocates in New Jersey will have to be patient. Our time will come. We have to continue to fight the good fight, so that, someday soon, same-sex couples in the Garden State will get to enjoy the same basic right of legal recognition for their union that far too many heterosexual couples take for granted.”