Urgent Legislative Alert from Agudah On Toeivah Marriage Vote in NJ


josh-pruzanskyThe 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.

Josh Pruzansky


Agudath Israel of New Jersey

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  1. Excellent article.

    The author successfully stresses
    the importance of understanding the
    unpleasant consequences which can result
    from apathy about this issue.

  2. Call every elected official and offer him/her the following irrefutable argument:
    Ask him/her if he/she agrees that incest is immoral and should not be afford the same protections under the law and be considered marriage. He/she will surely agree.
    Ask him/her, “what’s the difference between incest and toieva unions? – Aren’t they both consenting adults!”
    There is no answer to this question, other than incest is immoral as a judeo-christian value from time immemorial – and so is toieva.
    If he/she balks – ask him/her to publicly state that incest between consenting adults should be afforded the same protections and be considered marriage as well.
    Check mate! Even an atheist can’t beat this one!

  3. Kol Hakovod,
    Rabbi Pruzansky is one of the Agudas group of rising stars in our community. He is smart, humble and a real Ben Torah. Follow his advice and lets create a kiddush Hashem.

  4. We seem to want it both ways. we vote them into office knowing were they stand on the issue, and then wonder why they vote that way. shame on us

  5. Send those politicians a strong
    reminder that their job is to take
    care of the economy and provide for
    law enforcement to protect citizens.

    Why on earth are these clowns
    bickering about deviant same-gender
    partnerships? This is insanity.

    These politicians should start
    listening to the majority of the
    electorate who are disgusted with
    deviant fanatics who want to redefine
    and destroy normal marriage
    as an institution.

  6. Weinberg is the chief backer of the toeivah bill. She was on WNYC radio this morning promoting it.

    The toeivah crowd are trying to intimidate people to support their shmutz bill with strong arm tactics, such as gathering huge numbers of people at the legislative chambers to speak for it and making much noise. They did the same in NY. This after they prepared the ground with their propaganda for it in recent years, by claiming that it is about rights, equality, fairness, etc.

    The decent people must stand up and say no to toeivah terrorism. Tell them to take their shmutz bill and eat it.

    Their bill is not about rights and equality. It is about trashing millenia of tradition, rebelling against G-d, and getting special status for their abomination. Why is polygamy banned? Maybe that should be allowed too? They want special status for their toeivah, that’s it.