TRENTON – Debate on the same-sex marriage bill has begun, with state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) speaking first on behalf of the legislation that she sponsors.
Weinberg recounted her nearly 40 year marriage with her late husband, noting that the two never had to explain or justify their relationship.
“We all know same-sex couples that enjoy the same love, trust and compassion that is shared between a man and a woman, between a husband and a wife,” she said. “Who are any of us that we have some special knowledge that lets us deny marriage as inappropriate to loving and committed same-sex couples?”
Weinberg appealed to the senators’ consciences, saying “this is not just another roll call vote. The vote goes to the heart of who we are as a body, as a state, and ultimately, as individuals.”
“To my colleagues who are wavering, do what conscience tells you to do: vote yes,” she said.