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09/14/2012

Shocker—NJ's top marriage equality opponent backs 'ex-gay' therapy

Whenever marriage equality comes up before the New Jersey state legislature, the man who teams up with the National Organization For Marriage—and who even claims to have helped launch NOM with his donor rolls—is NJ Family Policy Council head Len...

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02/23/2012

Video: @GovChristie takes time from history's wrong side to appear in NBC studios

The Obama administration has opposed ballot initiatives on marriage every time they've come up. The Obama administration has taken a strong stand against DOMA. And when legislators fairly pass a bill -- like, for instance, in New York state, New...

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02/21/2012

NJ.com poll shows @GovChristie veto as out-of-touch; 'Duh,' says ten years from now

It's clearly not scientific. However, this online Star-Ledger poll does benefit from a fairly sizable sample: [NJ.com] It's obvious to most that it was the Governor's eye on national politics that led to the unwarranted veto. But at what local...

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02/16/2012

Ruben Díaz to regale New Jersey with tales of non-triumph

Fresh from his role in not stopping same-sex marriage in his own New York state (and arguably doing more damage to his own side), Democratic state senator Ruben Díaz is now heading across the Hudson: Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Accepts...

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02/02/2012

Audio: 'There are more ex-gays than gays -- that's just a fact'

It seems our opposition is no longer content with just inflating the nanoscale number of humans who call themselves "ex-gay." In fact, at today's NJ Assembly hearing on marriage, a minister seriously swore, as fact, that there are more "ex-gays"...

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Audio: How Not to Testify at a Hearing, with Greg Quinlan

In his testimony this afternoon before the NJ Assembly Judiciary Committee, professional "ex-gay" Greg Quinlan demonstrated (at least) two things. [1] That it's probably best to not got apeshit angry right before you intend to make a persuasive case, especially...

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01/24/2012

New Jersey's leading 'protect marriage' group pushes 'ex-gay' 'change'

The group leading the push to stop marriage equality in the Garden State today posted the following on the official Facebook wall: 1) It's sexual orientation, not preference 2) The inability to fully lockdown the root(s) does not negate that...

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01/10/2012

NOM EXPOSED: New Jerseyans will go the distance (either in-state or out)

At the northern tip of New Jersey lies the city of High Point. At the south, you'll find Cape May. The distance between the two is around 207 miles. That means that a proud New Jerseyan who wanted to spend...

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NOM EXPOSED: Earmarks for historical pockmarks: Brown commits $500k to NJ

Brian Brown now promising to direct at least half a million dollars of NOM's seemingly limitless, undoubtedly secretive cash towards the Garden State. This from The Washington Times: KEEP READING: Earmarks for historical pockmarks: Brown commits $500k to NJ [NOM...

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01/09/2012

Read: All NJ Congressional Democrats come out for marriage equality

All nine Democrats in New Jersey’s Congressional delegation -- two U.S. Senators and seven U.S. House members -- have sent a letter to their friends in the state legislature, calling for support and passage of a marriage equality bill: Marriage...

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11/30/2011

Welcome Beck: NJ state Sen. embraces history's right side

In 2009, New Jersey state Senator Jennifer Beck made news when she, along with four GOP colleagues, chose to focus energy on "strengthening" the state's civil unions law rather than putting principled capital towards passing a marriage equality bill. Fortunately,...

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08/08/2011

Poll: Tiny number of New Jerseyans support NOM's true agenda

The National Organization For Marriage is currently touting this PPP poll out of Jersey: SOURCE: NOM Blog Okay, so first and foremost: Civil unions are never going to work and are always in eventual need of a full upgrade. There...

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06/27/2011

Gov. Christie says he's 'not a fan,' proves it by blowing hot air

In reaction to the historic New York vote: "I am not a fan of same-sex marriage. It’s not something that I support. I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. That's my view and that'll be the...

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06/24/2011

Newark Mayor Cory Booker: Fierce advocate for marriage equality

Tweeted out last night: @CoryBooker And what's even more powerful about this: His state *has* civil unions. Mayor Booker knows firsthand that civil unions are not enough. He knows that the dream runs deeper. **MORE: Yes! Yes, yes, yes! *May*...

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07/26/2010

Certain NJ couples' period of ignoble separate/unequalness to be extended

This from Steven Goldstein, Chair of Garden State Equality: “Because of the legislature's inability to act and the Supreme Court's decision today, New Jersey continues in a caste system where an entire people are thrown aside into a profoundly inferior...

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07/20/2010

At least have fortitude to admit you're denying equal dignity!!!!!!!!!

The National Organization For Marriage just tweeted this quote from their poorly attended NJ rally: “Standing for the truth of marriage does not deny the rights or equal dignity of human persons; rather it stands for the right of husbands...

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If numbers hold, NJ may be slightest #NOMtour stop yet

First report we've heard from the National Organization For Marriage's Trenton,NJ, stop: @JackBeck Hold your "ha!" until we get more confirmation (as difficult as that may be). *** *NOTE: This FAIL would be particularly poetic, considering NOM found its roots...

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Video: Guardin' state equality (from gay couples)

Today at noon, the National Organization For Marriage will roll their RV up into Trenton. But before they get there, let's hear from some of New Jersey's more elect marriage equality opponents delivering an irreconcilable message that says (a) gays...

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07/09/2010

NOM is predominantly Catholic, a contd. examination

Yet another Catholic/NOM connection: ...the New Jersey Catholic Conference will host the National Organization for Marriage’s Summer of Marriage Bus Tour at noon July 20 at the Statehouse in Trenton. NJCC hosts Summer of Marriage Bus Tour [NOM] It's time...

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06/28/2010

Video: New arc in Jersey senator's cancer fight

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has been great about fighting off forces of inequality. So it makes sense that cancer was no match: [YT: jspringer2350] Le'Chaim, Sen. Lautenberg.

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03/23/2010

Deo to NJ: Don't look at the historically ball-moving ruling behind the turnpike!

Complete and utter truth bastardization in 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.... “Activists in the homosexual movement are relentless and have little respect for the people and the democratic process,” said Len Deo, Founder and President of the New Jersey Family...

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03/22/2010

So wait, NOM: Sometimes the elected legislature *does* represent the people?

This quip from the National Organization For Marriage, regarding the latest court challenge against marriage inequality in the Garden State: "'NOM urges the Christie Administration to provide a vigorous defense of marriage as being between one man and one woman....

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03/19/2010

Video: With spring comes a refreshed Garden

(H/t: Towle)

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01/20/2010

While you were busy not even slightly altering Catholics' rights....

Want to be annoyed about the New Jersey marriage vote all over again? Well here, go read the Catholic Church's self back-patting: For months the New Jersey bishops and their lobbying arm, the New Jersey Catholic Conference, spoke out against...

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01/18/2010

When life gives you lemons, take those lemons to court and make them gold rings

The New Jersey Senate's anti-equality vote really stunk. Like in a terribly odiferous way. Even worse than the we imagine the "Jersey Shore" house smelled, what with its combination of Snookie's pickles, copious amounts of suntan lotion, and enough hair...

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01/13/2010

Audio: Well at least the 'Schund' part is spelled out

Back in 2005, while speaking at the Shore Christian Center as part of his gubernatorial campaign, Bret Schundler made the following offensive assertions about the countless and lesbian families who populate New Jersey: *FULL Sunday Sermon (his label, by the...

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01/12/2010

But on the bright side: Gays won't have to worry about the joint burning their rings

The right to marry? Hell no! The right to Mary Jane? Sure thing, says NJ legislature: TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Legislature on Monday approved a bill that would allow chronically ill patients access to marijuana for medical reasons. Democratic...

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01/08/2010

Video: Happy, happy anti-boy/boy!

No matter how long this writer stays in the fight, it'll never cease to astound me just how deeply exuberant some people get over hurting LGBT people. Exuberant enough to hop to their feet and scream "HALLELUJAH!" (@1:12): (H/t: Joe.My.God)...

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Gerald 'gays are doing violence to marriage' Cardinale: Vote on ring fingers, not teeth

At yesterday's anti-equality Senate session, New Jersey's Gerald "gays are doing violence to marriage" Cardinale (R) was all about putting gay folks' basic rights before a public thumbs up/down. In fact, he insisted: (*be sure to catch the "violence to...

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Video: One exit blocked by bias; we're still gassed up and headed to victory

Steven Goldstein: Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-27): GayInPublic [YouTube]

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Video: 20 NJ Senators voted for this...

Equality is a lie. Constitutional guarantees are not even close to guaranteed. Religious freedom is a sham. And it's also becoming increasingly clear that that the harder one studies and learns facts really has no bearing on how well they...

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01/07/2010

Because giving up is for those who are wrong

GARDEN STATE EQUALITY AND LAMBDA LEGAL ANNOUNCE: BACK TO COURT TO WIN MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN NEW JERSEY The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled in 2006, in a case brought by Lambda Legal, that same-sex couples must be treated equally...

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Live from the state across the Hudson from New York: It's a basic right!

[Now Concluded -- see archived audio below] Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: Part 4: Part 5: Part 6: And we lost. 14-20: And by "we," I of course mean everyone. All of us of this unfortunate generation who is...

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Video: Garden State vs. soil unfit for growth

Debate On Gay Marriage Bill [Fox NY] **EARLIER: Len Deo says marriage inequality is as natural as gravity *Len Deo reveals that his group essentially launched the National Organization For Marriage

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Beck, Bateman, Ciesla, Kean, and Kean: Read your Facebook walls before it's too late!

Beck, Bateman, Ciesla, Kean, and Kean. These are five NJ Senators who have said they will NOT vote for today's marriage equality bill, but will instead work to "improve" the state's failed civil unions system. Something that we in the...

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01/06/2010

Audio: While his 'reasons' sound like bad Jersey joke, they're not funny ha ha

Gay unions should not be fully recognized in civil law because of -- wait for it, wait for it, wait for it -- gravity. That and other offensive "WHAT THE HUH?!?!" quips courtesy of New Jersey's head anti-gay, Len Deo:...

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01/05/2010

Breaking: NJ still playing hard to get, but has agreed to casual date

We have it on good authority that the full New Jersey State Senate will vote on marriage equality this Thursday. Session is scheduled to begin at 2PM. More to come. **UPDATE: NBC New York has more: "We're gonna post the...

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12/22/2009

Why patch a flat tire that will inevitably leak again?

Jennifer Beck, Andy Ciesla, and Kip Bateman. They are three of the five Republican New Jersey senators who've announced that they, rather than do the right thing and support full marriage equality, will instead work to "strengthen" the already-failed civil...

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12/16/2009

Merry Chris Christiemas. The guv-elect got you this unprincipled rights negotiation...

Yea, because civil rights and basic fairness for your citizens really should be a two-sided "debate." Right, Governor-elect? "This is where the people of New Jersey obviously have differences of opinion, [New Jersey Governor-elect Chris Christie], who opposes same sex...

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12/10/2009

Video: No we won't be kissing your ass, porchside pundit. And you won't be taking our rights!

Personally I detest smoking. Much of this is due to growing up in a smoking household and having my clothes smell like it all throughout my childhood. The memory of that, coupled with some folks in my life who have...

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12/09/2009

Same turnpike, new exit

It looks like there will be no New Jersey Senate vote tomorrow. Instead, the matter is expected to move over to the Assembly Judiciary Committee for more public schmoozing. This from Senator Loretta Weinberg's office: SENATOR LORETTA WEINBERG DISTRICT 37...

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80% rights, 100% taxes: Maggie's logic has 0% chance of sustainability

Maggie Gallagher: "New Jersey voters and politicians have given a great deal to Garden State Equality in the last few years, including full civil unions. Steven Goldstein has boasted that New Jersey is one of the best states for gay...

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Sarlo realizes his state is a Garden. Now when will he tend to the principled crops?

New Jersey Senator Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) did an admirable job guiding Monday night's judiciary committee proceedings, even if he personally opposed the marriage equality bill. And now, as the full Senate gears up to vote on the matter, Sarlo is...

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'cause tramps like us, baby we were born to [stop being tramps and settle down in a lifetime commitment]

God has yet to weigh in. But in Jersey, this is the next best thing: A BRIEF STATEMENT FROM BRUCE Like many of you who live in New Jersey, I've been following the progress of the marriage-equality legislation currently being...

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12/08/2009

Video: Legalize marriage for all, even crude stereotypes

Thursday. Marriage inequality. Fuhgetaboutit. Visit Garden State Equality to find out how you can help.

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Sen. Cardinale: No to voting on teeth, yes to voting on ring fingers

At yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Republican Senator Gerald Cardinale was the voice of overheated homo-hostility. He was also the strongest advocate for putting the marriage question before "the people" in a referendum, proposing a failed amendment that would've done...

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Uneven vs. Steven: NJ anti-gays find their fall gay

New Jersey marriage equality isn't really about the thousands of gay and lesbian Garden Staters who are denied basic fairness. It's not about the 2006 Supreme Court decision that demanded legal parity. It isn't about yesterday's hearing, where there couldn't...

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12/07/2009

Archive: New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

**UPDATE, 10:30PM: The testimony and debate are over, and it's official: THE VOTE is 7-6! Now on to the full Senate (this Thurs.)! **Miss anything from the 8+ hour hearing? Well here's the full archive, broken down in parts: -Sen....

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Video: Person of inclusive faith and scholar vs. Brian Brown

There's not even the beginning of a debate regarding whether Steven Goldstein or Brian Brown's work will someday be remembered as the principled and worthwhile exercise. Those cards have already been printed. Brian's legacy inevitably loses. Period. End of discussion....

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NEW JERSEY: Pick up a phone. Now. No excuses. NOW! Go. Facebook will be there when you get back.

Folks, if you don't think that the National Organization For Marriage had a deleterious effect on the New York Senate's support for marriage bias, then you are more deluded than our opposition's anti-equality mission itself. But guess what? We have...

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