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Green Hails Court’s Marriage Equality Decision as a Victory for Civil Rights

Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green hailed Friday’s decision by a New Jersey Superior Court to start allowing same-sex marriages on Oct. 21 as a victory for civil rights in New Jersey.

“What the Mercer County Superior Court did was recognize our current civil union law for what it is – an unconstitutional barrier towards true equality in New Jersey.

“Separate but equal can never truly be equal, especially in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on DOMA.

“It’s time for the Governor to get out of the way and stop wasting taxpayers’ money fighting the inevitable march towards true equality. As it stands now, he’s already delayed this inevitability once by vetoing the legislature’s approval of marriage equality, essentially telling thousands of couples and their families that they are less equal in the eyes of the law.

“It’s time for the Governor to get out of the way and let true equality be the law of the land,” said Green (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union).