Gay Rights Activist Says Most New Jerseyans Approve of Same Sex Marriage

NJ Spotlight News | January 18, 2012 | Politics
Garden State Equality CEO Steven Goldstein talked about the marriage equality bill currently before lawmakers that would legalize same sex marriages.

Democrats have said legislation legalizing same sex marriage is one of their top priorities. Garden State Equality CEO Steven Goldstein sat down with NJToday’s Desiree Taylor to discuss the marriage equality bill currently before state lawmakers. He said while it appears the bill will pass and make it to Governor Chris Christie’s desk, it is likely that Christie will veto it.

Goldstein said that the world has changed in the past few years, and even months, and that the majority of New Jersey residents approve legalizing same sex marriage. He also outlined the exemptions included in the marriage equality bill, which would not require religious leaders to marry same sex couples.

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Goldstein said the new legislation is necessary because “civil unions have been the biggest civil rights disaster of our time,” citing how hospitals and employers do not recognize civil unions.

He disagreed with critics who have said that allowing same sex couples to marry will destroy the institution of marriage, saying six states, including New York, have marriage equality and “marriage is doing just fine.”

He added that the proposed legislation allows for exemptions for religious leaders so members of the clergy would not be forced to perform marriages for same sex couples. The bill, he said, focuses on civil marriages instead of religious unions.

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