SPEAKER OLIVER: MARRIAGE EQUALITY WILL BE A PRIORITY

(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement Monday on marriage equality:

“Democrats are not just committed to economic fairness. We are also committed to social fairness.
“All evidence shows New Jersey’s civil union law falls far short in providing equality. Civil unions send a message to the public that same-sex couples and their families are not equal to married couples in the eyes of the law. It sends a message that same-sex couples are not good enough to warrant equality.
“This is the same wrong message we heard from segregation laws.
“Separate treatment was wrong then.
“And separate treatment is wrong now.
“That’s why I am committed this session to posting marriage equality legislation and making its passage a priority as soon as possible.
“Let’s all stand for what’s right. Let’s all stand for every family. Let’s all stand for equality.”