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Gusciora Says “Time is Ripe” for Marriage Equality Bill

Gusciora, who works as Lawrence Township's municipal prosecutor, formerly represented Princeton in the Assembly but moved to Trenton following redistricting earlier this year.

Deputy Assembly Majority Leader Reed Gusciora (D-Trenton) released a statement today (Wedensday, Nov. 16) declaring the “time is ripe” for his Marriage Equality bill to be posted in the Assembly.

He has asked Assembly Judiciary Chair Peter Barnes and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver to post the measure before the end of the year, or what's known as the lame duck session.

“I believe the time is ripe for this important civil rights measure, which will make the difference for many New Jerseyans who wish to form a union without the stigma of second class citizenship,” Gusciora said.

He said the state's previous Civil Union law falls “woefully short” in recognizing a same sex couple’s ability to marry in New Jersey.

“The fact remains that there are countless gay couples in this state that own property, pay taxes and raise children here, yet are sidelined by a lack of legal recognition of their marital bonds,” said Gusciora.  “If marriage is a contractual relationship sanctioned by the state government, then it should be done on an equitable basis.”

He said the public supports his bill, as do Republicans in both houses. He is not worried about a potential veto from Gov. Chris Christie. 

"Regardless of the Governor’s actions, this measure advances the ball until there is a full recognition that gay couples should enjoy the full rights of marital status in this state.”

Deciminyan November 17, 2011 at 12:25 AM
It's a shame that basic rights need to be affirmed by legislation. If two adults are in love and want to be married, they should be allowed to do so. Religious institutions can set their own rules regarding marriage, but the state has no business telling people whether or not they can enter into a marriage contract.
Petey November 17, 2011 at 01:38 AM
I have nothing against gays or lesbians as I have known and worked with them. I can't though agree with Assemblymen Gusciora with the passing of a gay marriage legislation. Marriage is a ritual and bond between men and women, as even with common law association they begot children. if God or Darwins theory of evolution constituted that man and man or woman and woman could reproduce the species and I'm not talking about using surrogates or sperm donors then I would have no problem with it. if it is to become law regardless of the Governor being Republican or Democrat, then it should be majority vote by the people not only state, but federal as legislatures and courts are not qualified to render a decision because of political bias or prejudices. If the people decide thats democracy and then law. I would abide to it.
Patrick November 17, 2011 at 11:11 AM
The problem with that logic is your saying you also don't agree with persons who know they can't birth their own children getting the benefits of a legal marriage.? So postmenopausal, and infertile couples should not be married in he eyes of the law. We have to be very careful in how we translate religious law/ tradition into actual law for everyone. Look, two of whatever kind marring does nothing to my marriage. My wife and I's bond isn't somehow lessened as a couple because someone else's same sex marriage. And frankly... I really don't care. If they want to be married, so be it. Its not effecting my way of life. They already live together etc, why not let them be apart of each other's life legally. There are real problems in this world, and we focus on distractions like this one...
Winston November 17, 2011 at 12:52 PM
The problem is that the state and country are in a tail spin and all Gusciora cares about his own gay agenda. While I support his efforts he needs to think about all his constituents and not just his big donors and personal agenda.
Petey November 17, 2011 at 06:55 PM
@ Patrick, those who are infertile and postmenopausal can adopt. All I can say other than that is you go to your church and I will go to mine. Neither is right. I just cannot in my own personal and spiritual way accept it, but if it becomes law by majority vote I would accept it. This is a real can of worms.
Patrick November 17, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Gay couples can adopt and do. One of the very real reasons this should be the law of the land. Not to mention a life long partner can't make medical choices for their loved one. Etc etc etc. This isn't a religious issue, nor should it be in America. As you state, you'll have your own religious choices, as should others in terms of same sex marriage. And btw many a gay couple are rather religious and many relies leaders stand with marriage equity.
Guarda Sikh November 30, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Noticed that one person answers just about every post every day on every issue just to contradict, criticize, and "educate" other contributors. Not constructive and too personal.

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