Some NJ Catholic bishops oppose marriage equality

Times of Trenton Regional News
September 20, 2009
In anticipation of a possible vote on the freedom to marry by state legislators sometime after the November election, Catholic bishops in New Jersey have issued a 2,300-word letter opposing the so-called "redefinition of marriage" to include same-sex couples. Clergy and others in the movement have urged parishioners to contact legislators asking them to oppose marriage equality. [Link]

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New Jersey Bishops Target Unions of Same-Sex Couples

The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)
August 27, 2009
Some Catholic bishops in N.J. have begun a campaign against marriage equality in anticipation of a possible vote on the issue by state legislators sometime after the November election. [Link]

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NJ Activists Ready for Battle Over Marriage Equality

The Associated Press
August 22, 2009
Supporters and opponents of marriage for gay couples in N.J. are organizing campaigns to lobby lawmakers to back their respective positions on a marriage equality bill (which is expected to be debated in the state Legislature during the lame-duck period between the Nov. 3 election and start of a new session in January). [Link]

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Marriage Equality for Gays Now Key Issue for Corzine

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2009
Gov. Corzine has made marriage equality for gays and lesbians a prominent piece of his reelection campaign, taking another step in his conversion on the issue and encouraging gay-rights advocates who hope to see the freedom to marry approved in New Jersey this year. In public speeches and private appearances, Corzine, who as recently as 2006 said he believed marriage should be between a man and a woman, has touted his support for marriage for gay couples. [link]

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Maplewood pushing state to legalize marriage equality

New Jersey Star-Ledger
June 15, 2009
One of the first towns to embrace the state's civil union and domestic partnership laws is now pushing to expand the rights for same-sex couples they established. In what is thought to be a first among New Jersey municipalities, the Maplewood Township Committee is expected to adopt a resolution Tuesday evening calling on state legislators to sanction the freedom to marry.
Mayor Victor DeLuca said he hoped the resolution could serve as a catalyst for legislators' passage of a marriage equality bill before the year's end. "I think it's incumbent upon people like us who believe that this is a matter of civil rights and equal rights to say something about it," he said. "I'm actually hoping this is the beginning of 560 municipalities in the state considering this." [Link]

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NJ Senate:  Just Do It Already

Newark Star Ledger
May 20, 2009
Some politicians hide behind public opinion polls that show they would be punished for favoring a morally superior, but unpopular decision, but the State Senate's fear of voting on marriage equality cannot be understood that way. The decisions would undoubtedly cause a flurry of press coverage. They would make people talk, and some people will donate money to defeat anyone who supports the measures. So what? That is part of their job. Get over it. Find your backbone and take action. [link]

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N.J. advocates: Marriage near

The New Jersey Star-Ledger
May 7, 2009

Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), who sponsors the marriage bill, said the Supreme Court has "already said that same-sex partners are entitled to all the rights and responsibilities of marriage" -- and most lawmakers agree with it. [Link]

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Study says New York Latinos support marriage equality

Times Union
May 5, 2009

The University at Albany released a study on Tuesday polling the Hispanic population of New York and surrounding states. The New York Latino Research and Resources Network (NYLARNet) surveyed more than 1,200 Hispanics in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Jose Cruz, director of NYLARNet, said the study found half of Latinos in those states supported marriage equality or civil unions despite only 18 percent identifying themselves as liberal. (Link)

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Quinnipiac: N.J. voters back marriage equality

Politicker NJ
April 23, 2009

New Jerseyans support a law that would allow same sex couples to marry, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released this morning. The proposed law, which would be voted on by legislators later this year, is backed 49%-43%. (Link)

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NY, NJ Marriage Advocates “Embarrassed”

Gay City News
April 7, 2009
In the wake of Iowa and Vermont legalizing civil marriage equality for same-sex couples just four days apart, leading LGBT advocates in New York and New Jersey expressed frustration that the Legislature in neither state has carried the ball across the goal line -- despite support for the issue from the Senate and Assembly leaders and the governors of both states. [Link]

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