Gusciora optimistic about marriage equality law’s chances

TRENTON – Reed Gusciora believes that New Jersey is overdue for a marriage equality law. Sign Up For Our Daily Newsletter

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Just two years removed from a failed attempt at passing a same-sex marriage law in New Jersey, Gusciora, (D-15), Trenton said today there are key differences as Democrats prepared to announce they will introduce a new marriage equality proposal.

“Certainly, Senate President Steve Sweeney has put his full weight behind it,’’ said Gusciora. Sweeney abstained in January 2010 when an earlier bill came up for a vote.  “I think it has a better chance.’’

In addition, he said polls show New Jersey voters are in favor of marriage equality.

“The governor has been in four states recently, Iowa, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York,’’ said Gusciora, “and all have granted same sex rights, and there has not been any diminution of (the institution of) marriage in any of them.”

Same-sex marriage law opponents often say that allowing gays to wed will damage the sanctity of marriage.

Gusciora said he will introduce the measure – A1 – in the lower chamber for this upcoming session.

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Gusciora optimistic about marriage equality law’s chances