Speaker Oliver’s Statement on President Obama’s Support for Marriage Equality

Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) on Wednesday praised President Obama’s decision to stand up for true equality for all Americans:

“This truly is a monumental day for our nation. As the first sitting American President to endorse marriage equality, I want to commend President Obama for his evolution on this issue.

“Anyone who approaches this with a thoughtful, open mind can see it for what it truly is -a civil rights issue.

“I commend him for his leadership and willingness to face down the critics in the interest of standing up for the rights of every American.

“I only hope the Governor will follow the President down the same reflective path towards endorsing true equality in our state while he still has the chance,” said Oliver.