New Jersey United for Marriage Launches
July 24, 2013
Today marks the launch of New Jersey United for Marriage, the campaign to secure the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples in New Jersey. The campaign was launched in Asbury Park at a press conference by founding members Garden State Equality and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Freedom to Marry is a key national partner along with American Unity Fund, Gill Action, and the Human Rights Campaign. New Jersey is the only state east of Maryland that denies same-sex couples the freedom to marry.
A marriage bill passed in the Legislature in February 2012, but was vetoed by Governor Chris Christie. New Jersey United for Marriage will work to get the votes necessary to override Gov. Christie’s veto.
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.”