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The push is on in NJ

November 25, 2009

I’ve been helping out Garden State Equality a lot lately, which is why I’ve been less vocal on here than usual. They held their first big marriage equality rally in Trenton on Monday, and while I was beholden to an early Thanksgiving deadline and couldn’t attend, I was there in spirit.

So in lieu of my reporting, I present this YouTube highlight reel:

Reports vary, but it seems there were about 300 pro-marriage people there, and just 75 or so against.

Same-sex marriage has been a hot topic in a lot of media outlets since the Monday rally, most notably the leftist NJ site Blue Jersey. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15) wrote a fantastic commentary on why New Jersey needs to pass marriage this year. Even the New York Times attended the lobby day, although the story they posted was a bit pessimistic as I see it.

GSE is planning another lobby day the Thursday after Thanksgiving, again in Trenton and this time at the direct request of pro-marriage legislators. Here’s some of what they’re e-mailing:

Thursday, December 3rd at 8:00 am, we’ll meet at Garden State Equality’s office at 110 West State Street in Trenton, across from the State House.  From there we’ll do a public march to the State House, where we’ll have a hospitality room to serve free breakfast and then free lunch.
We’re now at the tipping point of history:  Every event we do must have unbelievable turnout, just like this past week’s lobby day that influenced legislators tremendously.   That’s why legislators have requested we do another.   Please attend if at all you can.
This is worth taking the day off from work. Will you?
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