The struggle begins again

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Out In Jersey Senior Editor Toby Graceeditorial.

With the advent of full marriage equality in neighboring New York State, new life has been breathed into the cause in New Jersey.  Assemblyman Reed Gusciora,the only LGBT legislator in Trenton has put forward a new bill and Garden State Equality, together with Lambda Legal, has instituted a new lawsuit. This is further evidence of the fact that we will never give up until we have achieved the full status of citizenship with all of the rights and privileges.

Our enemies will fulminate. The New Jersey Family Policy Council will no doubt marshal its true believers. Professor Robert George, the éminence  grise of the National Organization for Marriage will plot in his ivory tower at Princeton. Maggie Gallagher will lie, because that’s what she does well. We will doubtless hear from Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachmann – two batshit crazy loons who never miss a gay-bashing opportunity.

It is quite a congregation, ranging from the brilliant but fanatical to the ignorant and ugly. They appear to be caricatures – the ferret-like little Professor George, the tubby, fashion challenged Maggie, the wild-eyed Santorum who often forgets to close his mouth during photo-ops and Bachmann – OMG – one abysmally stupid remark after another – a veritable litany of lunacy. It is so easy to laugh at them. Don’t let that prevent anyone from taking them seriously.

Our enemies are very well funded and have a large base of supporters whose simplistic view of life is unshaken by logic or fact. Many of our politicians play to that audience. The active support and generous contributions of every member of our LGBT community along with our friends and supporters remain essential. Remember – this fight is not about having pretty weddings with all the trimmings. It is about our basic human rights such as medical insurance, hospital visitation and decision making, child custody, etc., etc. – a long list. Equality won’t be given to us. We have to fight for it.

 

Out In Jersey Senior Editor Toby Graceeditorial.

With the advent of full marriage equality in neighboring New York State, new life has been breathed into the cause in New Jersey.  Assemblyman Reed Gusciora,the only LGBT legislator in Trenton has put forward a new bill and Garden State Equality, together with Lambda Legal, has instituted a new lawsuit. This is further evidence of the fact that we will never give up until we have achieved the full status of citizenship with all of the rights and privileges.