People who are transgender—meaning that they identify with a gender different from their biological one—face a difficult road to self-acceptance. They endure bullying and higher rates of discrimination in housing and the job market.
A group of transgender people and crime victim advocates have been meeting monthly with Albany police and law enforcement officials to rewrite protocol and procedures and devise training for officers intended to preserve the dignity of transgender people who are arrested.
New Jersey’s first openly gay state lawmaker is proposing a ballot measure for voters to decide whether the state should recognize same-sex marriage — a suggestion similar to the one gay-marriage opponent Gov. Chris Christie made less than a year ago.
Whether same-sex marriage should be legal in New Jersey ought to be decided by the Legislature, not in the court of public opinion. Senate President Stephen Sweeney believes lawmakers, not voters, should decide one of the most divisive social issues of the day, and he is right.