EDITORIAL: A civil right

The Times of Trenton November 30, 2008
"When New Jersey legislators consider a bill that would allow gay marriage in New Jersey, we trust they will not be unduly swayed by groups such as National Organization of Marriage, but rely instead on the part they play in guaranteeing liberty and justice to all... The vote in California to reverse the legality of gay marriage could be the first of any number of instances in which a righteous majority takes away rights from a disfavored minority." [Link]

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Equality in the Garden State: Litigation and Social Activism in the Struggle for Marriage Equality

Harvard Law & Policy Review
October, 2008
This essay consists of two parts. It begins by reviewing the long-term visions that Evan Wolfson and other attorneys developed to fight for marriage equality in the early 1990s, and then examines how the tactics employed by Garden State Equality and the Lewis attorneys demonstrate the successes and shortcomings of that strategy as it was implemented in New Jersey. The essay concludes by reiterating the necessity of building social movements that combine impact litigation with traditional grassroots organizing. [Link]
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Opponents erroneously charge NJ panel on same-sex unions is biased

The Star-Ledger
September 26, 2008
The news conference was directed at Steven Goldstein, who also chairs Garden State Equality. "Yes, I'm on the commission, but so is a representative of the Attorney General's Office, which opposed marriage equality in the courts," Goldstein said. "They tell half the story." [Link]

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Denver Update: SIX New Co-Sponsors for Marriage Equality in NJ

Blue Jersey
August 28, 2008
Though there are still doubters, all indications are now that New Jersey will be the third state after Massachusetts and California to guarantee the right to marry for same-sex couples. While civil unions have been a progressive step forward for the cause, New Jersey residents seem to agree that basic civil rights should no longer be denied to a significant portion of our population. [Link]

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Poll shows Jerseyans like Corzine, ready for marriage equality

The Star-Ledger
August 19, 2008
When asked whether New Jersey should follow California and Massachusetts in allowing same-sex couples to get married, 50.1 percent said yes while 42.3 percent said no. "No one should doubt the meaning of these numbers," Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, said. "New Jersey wants to end discrimination in marriage and is ready for our public officials to do it right now."[Link]

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ZOGBY POLL:  NEW JERSEY WANTS TO DUMP CIVIL UNIONS

Garden State Equality
August 19, 2008
By 59 to 36 percent, New Jerseyans would be fine with public officials’ changing the civil union law to marriage equality. Indeed, when the poll goes out of its way to remind voters that New Jersey already has a civil union law, a majority of New Jersey still supports marriage for same-sex couples – 50.1 to 42.3 percent. And an astounding 69 percent of New Jerseyans say marriage equality is inevitable in the state. [Link]

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OP-ED: Marriage equality is hardly a leap of faith

New Jersey Jewish News
August 14, 2008
Rabbi Victor Appell writes, "Just about every aspect of our lives is influenced by our Judaism, so there was never any doubt that we would have our relationship recognized 'according to the faith of Moses and Israel.' We wanted what other Jewish couples have: a Jewish wedding. Like many other Jewish couples, we would establish a Jewish home and hope to one day become Jewish parents." [Link]

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N.J. group makes waves in Calif. marriage fight

Southern Voice Online
July 25, 2008
Evan Wolfson said groups like NOM are fighting an uphill battle as people see how gay marriage works in Massachusetts and California."It's become clear to most Americans that there is no real good argument against allowing gays to marry," Wolfson said. "They can see with their own eyes that the gays didn't use up all the marriage licenses." [Link]

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Rothman sees a rainbow

The Bergen Record
June 20, 2008
Alfred Doblin profiles New Jersey Congressman Steve Rothman's move to support marriage equality noting, "Rothman is embracing a brave, new lavender world because like any parent, he wants his children to live happy, productive lives." (Link)

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The Impact of Extending Marriage to Same-Sex Couples on the New Jersey Budget

Williams Institute
June 2008
The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law released a new research study analyzing the economic gains that marriage equality in New Jersey would bring. (Link)

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