Dear Friends of Marriage,
Same-sex marriage advocates are pulling out all the stops in a last-ditch effort to pass a gay marriage bill in New Jersey before Governor Christie takes office in January.
As of today they don't have the votes, and they know it.
The legislature is back in Trenton for a lame duck session this week, and Garden State Equality has declared today an urgent lobby day at the statehouse, calling same-sex couples from around the state to descend on Trenton to push for same-sex marriage.
The Democratic leadership in the Senate has expressed a reluctance to put their members on record unless they know they have the votes to pass it. Judiciary Committee Chair Paul Sarlo recently said he wouldn't move the SSM bill through committee unless the votes were already in place to pass the bill when it got to the floor of the Senate. And incoming Senate President Steve Sweeney suggested to reporters last week that the Senate should use the lame duck session to fix the economy, rather than debate same-sex marriage.
But these leaders have been under tremendous pressure, and late last week, Sen. Loretta Weinberg told the press that she had obtained a commitment from Senate Democratic leaders to move the same-sex marriage bill during this week's lame duck session.
That's right -- same-sex marriage could be voted on in New Jersey before Thanksgiving!
Your legislators need to hear from you right now!
The same-sex marriage bill is not on the published agenda for today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. But in the lame duck session things can move quickly and we need to put our legislators on notice: Don't Mess with Marriage!
Please click here right now to email your state senator and assemblymembers, and then forward this email to everyone you know who will help us stop same-sex marriage at this critical moment. Pass it on to friends and neighbors. Mention it to people from church, and talk about it with your family.
Today, NOM is launching a $500,000 campaign to shine the light on Trenton, making sure all New Jerseyans know about the misguided priorities of Governor Corzine and legislators who, after four years in office, have decided that now, after Governor Corzine's failed reelection bid, is the time to push a gay marriage bill. Click here to listen to our new radio ad.
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242
Princeton, NJ 08542