New Jersey Senate Refuses to End Exclusion From Marriage


New Jersey Senate Refuses to End Exclusion From Marriage, Flunking the Constitutional Command of Equality

Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality Going Back to Court to Seek Freedom to Marry

For Immediate Release:
January 7, 2010, New York, NY

Evan Wolfson
Executive Director, Freedom to Marry
212-851-8418; Mobile: 646-263-5552

New York, January 7, 2010— Statement by Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry, following the New Jersey Senate’s failure to provide equal protection to same-sex couples in accordance with the unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court ruling of 2006:

“Today the New Jersey Senate failed to do right by the New Jersey families harmed by exclusion from marriage, and the majority of the New Jersey public who support ending the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Legislators themselves, even opponents, have confirmed that the civil union law does not work to protect and support those families, and is no substitute for the freedom to marry. Freedom to Marry applauds Garden State Equality’s and Lambda Legal’s announcement that they are going back to court to fulfill the constitutional’s command of equality and secure the freedom to marry for committed couples in New Jersey.”


Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Launched in 2003, Freedom to Marry is headed by Evan Wolfson, nationally recognized as a central "architect of the marriage equality movement." Freedom to Marry guides and focuses this social justice movement on a nationwide level, serving as a strategy and support center for national, state, and local partners, a catalyst that drives and shapes the national debate on marriage equality, and an alliance-builder fostering support from non-gay allies.