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08/16/2007

Progress: Lesniak now backs marriage for lesbi-naks

by Jeremy Hooper

 Members Memberphotos LesniakBack in October of last year, New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) said of the "civil unions vs. marriage" question that was being mulled by the Garden State legislature at the time:

"I see marriage as a religious institution that's been adopted by government,"..."My sense is that most New Jerseyans will support the civil union concept."

However, just like many New Jerseyans, Mr. Lesniak seems to now be realizing what we have always said: That civil unions are simply not enough! In a new blog post, he says in part:

What are we afraid of? That we'll tear the fabric of society apart?

Seems like the fabric of society is already torn apart. Fifty percent of first marriages end in divorce. Less than 40 percent of eligible voters go to the polls. There's rampant corruption in government. There are random acts of violence in Virginia and Newark, random acts of violence committed every day in our cities and our suburbs. Religious figures commit sexual assaults. Anti-gay political and religious figures are caught in the same sexual trysts they condemn in their public pronouncements.

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Civil unions in New Jersey give committed gay couples the same rights as heterosexual married couples. Except the right to get "married". The very law that gives these loving couples the rights of marriage deprives them of the loving feeling of being married. Outcasts only because of their love for each other.

Allowing gay couples to marry is not going to repair the fabric of society, but it's not going to tear it apart either.

To paraphrase John Lennon, let's give love a chance. We might just find out that it works.

Wow! And to paraphrase another John Lennon lyric: You now say you want a revolution? Well, you know, we all want to change the world. You tell me that it's evolution? Well, you know, we all want to change the world. But when they talk about 'destruction', it's good to know that we can count you out, Mr Lesniak!

Now, Sen. Lesniak, we just need you to go out there and tell all of your fellow lawmakers who staunchly oppose equal marriage: You say you'll change the constitution? Well, you know -- We all want to change your head! You tell me it's the 'institution'? Well, you know -- You better free your mind instead!

Why not gay marriage? [NJ.com]

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Humans are reactive by nature and fail to see beyond what is immediately perceivable or relevant in front of them (I bet you nobody will dare cut transportation budgets this next fiscal year, but I digress). It's unfortunate that this war over words has had consequences involving innocent people. Kudos to Sen. Lesniak and other legislators for finally seeing the light and realizing what we've been trying to tell them all along (it's about time).

Now, Senator, put your money where your mouth is and sponsor the appropriate legislation to get this done!!

Posted by: George | Aug 17, 2007 5:40:35 AM

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