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Thursday, December 14, 2006

An Historic Day for Civil Rights - New Jersey Passes Two Big Gay Rights Laws, Gains Big New Momentum for Gay Marriage

Source: Garden State Equality
Thursday December 14, 2006


AS NEW JERSEY PASSES CIVIL UNIONS TODAY, LEGISLATORS SAY THE BILL IS JUST AN INTERIM STEP TOWARD REVISITING MARRIAGE EQUALITY SOON; ALL FIVE LEADERS IN BOTH HOUSES NOW SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL, WITH SENATE PRESIDENT DICK CODEY SAYING "IN NO WAY IS THIS AN END POINT." LEGISLATURE ALSO PASSES HISTORIC TRANSGENDER EQUALITY LAW TODAY.

*** Since Oct. 25 court decision, support for the marriage equality bill has quadrupled from six state legislators to 24. New Zogby poll: By 65 to 28 percent, New Jerseyans say marriage equality is inevitable in the state.

*** New civil unions law creates government commission, conceived by Garden State Equality, to investigate how civil unions fall short of marriage equality. The ommission, first of its kind in America, will report every six months.

*** Unlike Vermont and Connecticut civil union laws, New Jersey's new law contains no language referring to marriage as "between a man and a woman."

*** Passage of the transgender equality law today makes New Jersey the third most populous state to outlaw discrimination based on "gender identity or expression."

*** Garden State Equality to unveil marketing campaign to LGBTI communities in neighboring states of New York and Pennsylvania: "Jersey Cool. Join the LGBTI boom."

*** Garden State Equality's next rally for marriage equality will be in February in Maplewood/South Orange on the day civil unions take effect.

*** In the two years since Garden State Equality's founding, 14 LGBTI rights laws have been enacted in New Jersey, including at the state and county levels.

Read the entire press release here?

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