NEWARK – The Democratic members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation – Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, and Congressmen Rush Holt, Frank Pallone, Jr., Donald M. Payne, Robert Andrews, Bill Pascrell, Jr., Steven Rothman, and Albio Sires – today urged New Jersey’s Democratic State Senate and Assembly members to support the marriage equality bill expected to be introduced by state Democratic leadership in both houses this week when the new legislative session begins.
“New Jersey has a proud history of civil rights leadership, and we must continue our role in pursuing fairness and equality,” the members wrote. “Other states with a combined population of more than 35 million people already have marriage equality – including our next door neighbor, New York. The marriage equality bill in the New Jersey legislature needs your support.”
The State of New Jersey currently allows civil unions, but by passing marriage equality legislation, the state would recognize same-sex couples’ right to marry. The measure would ensure same-sex couples receive benefits such as medical-decision rights, which are sometimes withheld from couples in civil unions.
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