TRENTON – Some religious leaders called today for rejection of the same-sex marriage law.
Pat Brannigan, executive director of the N.J. Catholic Conference, said that marriage should be recognized as the union of a man and a woman. He referenced “natural law, which transcends all man-made law.’’
He echoed earlier opponents who rejected the complaint that the civil union law is not working. He said that only 13 complaints have been filed with the Division of Civil Rights, 10 of them in the law’s first year of existence, the rest in the last four years.
There was testimony for and against the bill by rabbis, and after some testified against the bill, Sen. Loretta Weinberg took the opportunity to dispel insinuations that there was a problem between the Jewish and gay communities. “The Jewish community is quite diverse,’’ she said.
She took umbrage to such insinuations, she told the committee and the audience to applause.
Rabbi Joel Abraham, of the Reform Movement, said he wants to celebrate the holiness he sees in these unions, and urged the lawmakers to pass the law.