Tuesday, December 1, 2009

An open letter to NJ Democratic legislators

I am very fortunate indeed to be represented in Congress by one of the most intelligent, thoughtful and dedicated politicians: US Representative Rush Holt. Congressman Holt has added his signature to scores of others such as Newark Mayor Corey Booker, DNC member and NJ activist Babs Siperstein (whom I once had the privilege of meeting) in an open letter to the Democratic members of the New Jersey state legislature calling on them to get behind the Marriage Equality bill during this legislative session. Individuals can add their names to the letter at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/njmarriage/. I urge all my friends who are registered Democrats to join this effort to remind our elected representatives in Trenton that equal protection under the law is not worthy of its name if it only includes some couples but not others. Please join me in signing on. Below is the text of the letter:

An Open Letter Calling on Democratic Legislators to Post Marriage Equality Legislation for a Vote

We believe that equality and fairness are fundamental principles of New Jersey's Democratic Party, and that is why we call on the state legislature to vote immediately on, and pass, the marriage equality bill.

New Jersey has a proud history of supporting civil rights. It was this legacy that encouraged many of us to become involved in politics. We believe that allowing committed gay and lesbian couples to marry is, at its core, about treating our family members, friends, coworkers, and neighbors with dignity and respect.

We appreciate that this is a difficult issue for some state legislators. But marriage equality is an idea whose time has come. We are confident that the voters will stand by those elected officials who do the right thing.

When our children and grandchildren look back on this moment, we want to be able to tell them that we, too, did the right thing.

As Martin Luther King poignantly reminded us, "the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice." That is why we’re proud to lend our names and our voices to this important cause. We do so in our capacity as private citizens and Democratic voters, and not on behalf of any particular office or organization.

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