New Jersey United for Marriage Launches to Override Governor’s Veto and Win Marriage
Communications Associate, Freedom to Marry
Asbury Park, NJ -- New Jersey United for Marriage announced a campaign today to win the freedom to marry in the state, where a bill passed in the Legislature in February 2012 but was vetoed by Governor Chris Christie.
Richard Carlbom, director of state campaigns at Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:
“With federal protections now available thanks to the removal of DOMA’s ‘gay exception,’ Governor Christie’s veto is costing New Jersey families very real protections that only marriage provides. This new, broad-based campaign brings the best of the movement to the important task of ensuring that loving and committed New Jersey couples, who deserve to be treated just like all other Americans, no longer have to cross the river to get married and have their marriages respected.”
Freedom to Marry released “Roadmap to Victory – Finishing the Job,” earlier this month, detailing the national plan for winning marriage nationwide in years, not decades. Following the winning strategy that has helped create the current momentum for marriage, the new plan calls for setting the stage for a successful return to the Supreme Court by ensuring that by 2016, a majority of Americans live in a marriage state and polls show public support for the freedom to marry above 60%. Through the Win More States Fund, which launched last year to raise, channel, and invest resources into key battleground states, Freedom to Marry has invested nearly $6 million directly into states to date, more than $1 million of it into priority states this year alone. The new plan calls for raising and investing at least $2 million more this year, with the full campaign expected to cost over $100 million before the Supreme Court brings the country to national resolution.
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.