Will New Jersey be next?
Maine has passed marriage equality for same-sex couples in both houses of the legislature and the Governor has signed the bill. Governor John Baldacci said “ In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting civil unions. I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to marriage.”
The state of Maine joins, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont as the five states in the U.S. where gay couples may now or soon will be eligible to marry. New Jersey and New York are considering the issue in their respective state legislative houses and both Governor Corzine in New Jersey and Governor Patterson in New York have said they will sign the marriage equality bill when it arrives on their desk.
Steven Goldstein of Garden State Equlaity (GSE) is urging all it’s members in New Jersey to contact their state representatives today to remind them that New Jersey’s civil union’s are not equal to marriage and that the LGBT community expects nothing less than marriage equality in 2009.