The New Jersey State Senate Judiciary Committee has voted late tonight by a 7-6 margin to approve the Same Gender Marriage Bill.
The Bill goes to the full Senate for a vote on Thursday. Please call your elected officials to voice your opposition to S-1967.
There several reasons to oppose this Bill.
First, the institution of marriage between one man and one woman is something that has existed from the beginning of Creation. The Jewish Religion believes a strong family unit is the bedrock of our society. To create a new norm at the expense of our beliefs, and forcing us to accept it, is wrong.
Second, the Bill does not contain sufficient Religious exemptions. Every Religious individual, institution, organization and society is at risk of being sued for Civil Rights discrimination, losing their Property Tax exemptions and facing severe penalties. The Religious liberties of any faith based individual will be at risk for failure to comply with this Bill.
Third, if the Legislature is so convinced that this is an issue that requires a new law, place it on the ballot through a State wide referendum and let the voters decide.
Please call your State Senator to voice your opposition to S-1967. Even if your Legislator is a considered to be a certain “Yes” or “No” vote, they should still be called to let them know the will of their constituents. Below is a list of key Senators and the Orthodox communities in their district:
Senator James Beach Democrat – Cherry Hill
District Office: 1916 Route 70 East, Suite 3, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 (856) 489-3442
Senator Jennifer Beck Republican – Manalapan, Marlboro, Twin Rivers
District Office: 32 Monmouth St., 3rd Floor, Red Bank, NJ 07701 (732) 933-1591
Senator Anthony R. Bucco Republican – Morristown
District Office: 75 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 302, 3rd Floor, Denville, NJ 07834 (973) 627-9700
Senator Barbara Buono Democrat – East Brunswick, Edison
District Office: Two Lincoln Highway, Suite 401, Edison, NJ 08820 (732) 205-1372
Senator Richard J. Codey Democrat – Livingston, West Orange
District Office: 449 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052 (973) 731-6770
Senator Nia H. Gill, Esq. Democrat – Clifton
District Office: 425 Bloomfield Avenue, 2nd Floor, Montclair, NJ 07042 (973) 509-0388
Senator Robert M. Gordon Democrat – Fairlawn, Fort Lee
District Office: 14-25 Plaza Rd., P.O. Box 398, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 (201) 703-9779
Senator Sean T. Kean Republican – Deal, Long Branch, West Long Branch
District Office: 1955 Highway 34, Bldg. 2A, Wall Township, NJ 07719 (732) 974-0400
Senator Raymond J. Lesniak Democrat – Elizabeth
District Office: 985 Stuyvesant Ave., Union, NJ 07083 (908) 624-0880
Senator Paul A. Sarlo Democrat – Passaic
District Office: 207 Hackensack St., 2nd Floor, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075 (201) 804-8118
Senator Nicholas P. Scutari Democrat – Linden
District Office: 1514 E. Saint Georges Ave., 2nd Floor, Linden, NJ 07036 (908) 587-0404
Senator Robert W. Singer Republican – Lakewood, Roosevelt
District Office: 2110 W. County Line Rd., Jackson, NJ 08527 (732) 901-0702
Senator Bob Smith Democrat – Highland Park
District Office: 216 Stelton Rd., Suite E-5, Piscataway, NJ 08854 (732) 752-0770
Senator Brian P. Stack Democrat – Union City
District Office: 5801 Palisade Ave., West New York, NJ 07093 (201) 861-5091
District Office: 301 45th St., 1st Floor, Union City, NJ 07087 (201) 558-7926
Senator Shirley K. Turner Democrat – Lawrenceville
District Office: 1440 Pennington Rd., Trenton, NJ 08618 (609) 530-3277
Senator Loretta Weinberg Democrat – Bergenfield, Englewood, Paramus, Teaneck
District Office: 545 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ 07666 (201) 928-0100
Senator Jim Whelan Democrat – Atlantic City, Ventnor
District Office: 511 Tilton Rd., Northfield, NJ 08225 (609) 383-1388
Thank you for your efforts. With Siyata Dishmaya this Bill will be defeated.
Agudath Israel of New Jersey