Story to Watch: New Jersey Senators to Reintroduce Marriage Equality Bill

New Jersey State Senators Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Ray Lesniak (D-Union) are planning to reintroduce marriage equality legislation in the state Senate, according to The Star-Ledger. Despite Gov. Chris Christie’s claim that he will veto a marriage equality bill, the bill was reintroduced in the state Assembly this past June by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora. Last year, a similar bill sponsored by Weinberg and Lesniak failed in the state Senate. The two senators are meeting on Friday with New York State deputy secretary of civil rights, Alphonso David, who played an important role in passing marriage equality legislation in his state earlier this summer. 

With stories like this one, there is a tendency for reporters to focus unwarranted attention on oppositional voices. These people often make sensational claims about the LGBT community and cite widely discredited studies to ‘prove’ that marriage should remain between one man and one woman.  It is irresponsible for the media to represent these voices as credible in any way. In the interest of ensuring fair and accurate coverage, GLAAD encourages journalists seeking opinions about marriage to turn to qualified experts instead.

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