New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee advances marriage bill

Exciting news from the Garden State! Moments ago, New Jersey's Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-4 to advance the bill that will extend marriage to gay and lesbian couples. Over 500 supporters of the freedom to marry joined Garden State Equality in Trenton this morning as the Committee heard testimony from proponents and opponents of the marriage bill.

Our National Campaign Director Marc Solomon was on hand in Trenton this morning and reported that we outnumbered our opponents 20-1 (see the photo below)! While our opponents testimony consisted of the usual, fact-less scare tactics, dozens of New Jersey residents shared heart-felt stories on why ending marriage discrimination is so important to them.

We congratulate our friends at Garden State Equality on today's vote and look forward to continuing our work with GSE and legislative leaders to ensure that 2012 is the year that all loving and committed couples have the freedom to marry in New Jersey.

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