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GLAAD STATEMENT ON NJ GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE'S VETO OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL

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Rich Ferraro
Director of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

February 17, 2012

New York, NY, February 17, 2012 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today responded to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s veto of a marriage equality bill passed by the state legislature.

“Today, Governor Christie abandoned a majority of New Jersey voters, as well as the officials elected to represent them, who believe that every committed couple should be able to marry the person they love,” said Mike Thompson, Acting President of GLAAD. “As public support for marriage equality continues to grow, however, we are hopeful that the state legislature will continue its work to provide loving gay and lesbian couples with the vital protections that only marriage can afford.”

A recent poll shows that 52 percent of residents support marriage equality in New Jersey. Yesterday, the New Jersey Assembly voted 42-33 in support of a bill that would bring marriage equality to the Garden State; the New Jersey State Senate voted 24-16 in support of a similar bill on Monday.