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Gusciora Applauds NJ Marriage Equality Ruling

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora on Friday applauded the ruling by the Mercer County Superior Court that New Jersey’s civil union law is no longer constitutional and same-sex marriages shall be permitted beginning on Oct. 21, 2013. Gusciora is the Assembly’s lead sponsor of marriage equality legislation passed last year by the legislature but subsequently vetoed by Gov. Christie.

“This ruling affirms what we’ve been saying all along – our civil union law does not provide equal treatment for same-sex couples in New Jersey.

“Today marks the start of the march to the front of the bus for loving, committed same-sex couples who have been denied equal rights for far too long.

“The federal government has recognized this. The New Jersey Legislature recognized this. The courts now recognize this. It’s time for the Governor to stop standing in the way of justice and allow this order to be upheld.

“Should the state choose not to appeal this decision, October 21 will be a cause for celebration throughout the state of New Jersey,” said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon).