Hundreds Gathering at Montclair State University to Show Support for Marriage Equality

March 25, 2013
Contact: Johanna Durazzi
Phone: (609) 513-4058

Hundreds Gathering at Montclair State University
to Show Support for Marriage Equality

On Wednesday, March 27, marriage equality supporters throughout New Jersey will gather at Montclair State University to express support and solidarity with those who fight for marriage equality across the country, and especially before the Supreme Court. At the Student Center Quad, supporters will rally for freedom for everyone—including our gay and lesbian family members, friends, co-workers, fellow students, faculty, and staff, and neighbors. The MSU Light to Justice Marriage Equality Rally is part of the United for Marriage: Light the Way to Justice coalition, a group of LGBT and allied organizations rallying in Washington, DC and in communities all across the country to show the broad support for marriage equality.

Support for marriage equality across demographics is at an all-time high. According to a March 2013 Quinnipiac poll, 54 percent of Americans support marriage equality. And a recent poll from Grove Insight found that 75 percent of Americans – including 56 percent of Republicans – view the freedom to marry the person you love as a constitutional right.

Where & When: Wednesday March 27th, 2013

The gathering will take place at 5:30pm and will be located on the Quad in front of the Student Center at Montclair State University


  • ·       Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends of Montclair State University
  • ·       George Juzdan, Student Government President, Montclair State University
  • ·       NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak who is also a Co-author of What’s Love Got to Do With It?:The Case for Same Sex Marriage
  • ·       NJ Residents
  • ·       And many, many more


Why:  On March 26 and 27, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two cases related to the right to marry. These two cases – which concern the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 – are fundamentally about whether gay and lesbian Americans can enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities as everyone else.

The so-called federal “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) unfairly denies federal protections—like Social Security, veterans’ benefits, health insurance and retirement savings—to committed same-sex couples who are legally married in their own states. Proposition 8 was found unconstitutional by the Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals because it violates our nation’s fundamental concepts of liberty and equal treatment under the law.

Loving, committed, same-sex couples want to marry for the same reasons as straight couples: to share their hopes and dreams, be there for one another in good times and bad, and find that special someone to grow old with.

For More Information:

Rally for Marriage – Justice for All is a collaboration of The Anti-Violence Project, The Stonewall Inn, Lambda Legal, Empire State Pride Agenda, Marriage Equality USA, Gay Men’s Health Crisis,

LGBT Community Center, GLAAD, New York State Young Democrats, Imperial Court of New York, Unitarian Universalist UN Office, Tribeca for Change, Swish, Stonewall Democrats of New York City, Queen Pride Center, NYU Law Democrats, NYC for Action, Montclair State University LGBT Center, Manhattan Young Democrats, Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Heritage of Pride, Greater NYC for Change, Equality Beyond Gender, Henrietta Hudson, East Downtown for Change, Middle Church, Dignity/New York, Democratic Leadership for the 21st century, Democracy for New York City, Democracy for America, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Camp Highlight, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Bronx LGBTQ Center, Middle Collegiate Church, the Global Gender and Sexuality Project at The New School, and AM 1600 WWRL.


Jersey City Gay Group Quizzes Mayor on Running Mate

From The Jersey Journal via
March 19, 2013

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy was peppered with questions about a running mate’s belief system last week at a campaign stop intended to attract lesbian and gay votes.

The Rev. Mario Gonzalez is running to be councilman in the Heights on Healy’s ticket. Gonzalez is a minister in the Assemblies of God Church, which among other teachings preaches that homosexuality is a sin and a choice that can be treated.

The Assemblies of God church also calls abortion “evil” and dubs feminism “an organized platform to degrade, bash, and hate men.”

Several people raised questions about Gonzalez’s beliefs last Tuesday at a meeting hosted by members of the city’s LGBT community at the Hudson Pride Connections Center on Jones Street.

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