Resolution Supporting Marriage Equality (5-17-09)

 

The following resolution was endorsed by the PCDO at its May 17 general membership meeting.

WHEREAS the PCDO is committed to equality and justice for all people;

WHEREAS the freedom to marry is currently denied same-sex couples under New Jersey state law;

WHEREAS New Jersey’s civil union law has failed to provide the equality to same-sex couples that marriage would provide;

WHEREAS the New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission, formally appointed by the Governor, identified over 800 inequities that exist towards civil union couples that are accorded to married couples. 

WHEREAS a number of hospitals in New Jersey have refused to let civil union partners visit each other in emergency situations because they’re not married;

WHEREAS a number of employers in New Jersey have denied health care coverage to the civil union partners of employees because they’re not married;

WHEREAS New Jersey’s struggling economy needs the $248 million in revenue that an independent UCLA study says marriage equality would provide New Jersey;

and

WHEREAS Vermont found that its nine-year-old civil union law did not provide equality to same-sex couples, and never would, and has replaced its civil union law with marriage equality;

WHEREAS a clear majority of New Jerseysians recently surveyed say it’s okay for our public officials to change the civil union law to marriage equality* 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the PCDO supports legislation to enact marriage equality in the State of New Jersey, and calls on our elected representatives, Senator Shirley Turner, Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, to vote for the marriage equality bill and to be at the forefront of the campaign for its passage.

*59% of New Jerseyians said it was okay for our public officials to change the civil union law to marriage, while 36% said it wasn’t okay. Zogby took the poll of 803 likely New Jersey voters from August 7 through August 11, 2008. The margin of error is +/- 3.5 percent. Though Garden State Equality commissioned the poll, Zogby collected the data independently.  

Submitted by Walter Bliss, Connie Camner, James Camner, Darlyne Crum, Jenny Crumiller, Jon Crumiller, Hendricks Davis, Piper Harris, Beth Healey, Jim Healey, Virginia Kerr, Shelley Krause, Liz Lempert, Sue Nemeth, Ann Neumann, Eve Niedergang, Dan Preston, Maggie Rose and Scott Weingart.