Right now, the New Jersey state legislature is discussing a same-sex marriage bill. Lawmakers are listening to New Jersey citizens speak about why same-sex marriage equality should — or shouldn’t — become legal in the Garden State.
We already know that Governor Chris Christie, true to his Republican heritage, has promised to veto the bill, should it pass both houses of the legislature. But that’s no reason to not debate. In fact, a veto override might be possible.
This is an excellent start.
What should not be forgotten is New Jersey is under court order to ensure same-sex couples have equality, and it’s been proven that their civil union law, in existence because of the state court, isn’t cutting it.
Here’s a sampling of comments from today’s hearing — remember it’s still going on — all via the Twitter #NJ4M stream.
You can listen as long as it’s going on, here.
“The funeral director didn’t understand what a civil union was” as Marcia and Louise tried to grieve their son’s death.”
Current speaker says we’re breaking god’s law and that all of us know in our hearts thatÂ
#LGBTÂ equality is wrong and sinful.
New speaker confirms that the only argument against marriage equality is based in his views of the Bible.
“I’m here with my illegal husband of 21 years… and five of our six adopted children.”
It would be nice to legalize our relationship after 21 years together. Holds up 6 legal birth certificates from the state.
“Yes, I have an agenda. I’m looking for respect for my relationship.”
Their 17-year-old son now speaks about his “beautiful family” and wondering why his parents can’t marry and are called inferior.
“I’ve always wondered why my parents can’t get married when everyone else’s can.”
Now up is a rabbi speaking in support ofÂ
#MarriageEqualityÂ . “People of faith” is not monolithic; we disagree on this issue.
It’s not up to the state to adjudicate between our religious viewpoints, but to provide civil equality for all its citizens.
A second rabbi now also speaking in support ofÂ
#MarriageEquality“scratching his head” why in 2012 we’re even questioning this.
As a rabbi, my religious rights are undermined because I can’t officiate a wedding for all my congregants.
Current speaker complaining that the legislature is working on civil rights and not on job creation. He’s against equality.
Speaker:Â Voters have the right to decide on marriage equality.
Gloucester resident: While people sit in union halls w/ double-digit unemployment,Â
#jobsÂ not marriage should be #1.
Speaker claims thatÂ
#NJequalityÂ would violate the Torah’s principles.
This bill “just labeled a swine a cow so Jews will eat it.”
Rabbi: “Homosexuals” as a whole don’t want marriage equality, only an anti-semitic anti-circumsision subset of activists.
“How does a mother tell her children one was born with equal rights and the other was not?”
“Please vote on this bill as if it was your own son.”
“He’s my best friend.” “He should have equal rights. I will fight for this 100%. And that is a fact.”
Marriage & family therapist PhD says research shows that having two quality loving parents is what’s important, not their gender.
Pastor: “Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Moses, etc., all had more than one wife at a time.”
Speaker: If NJ were to have civil marriage it would mean increased spending of $7.2 million additional tax revenue a year.
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Trump Retweets Glenn Beck Video Attacking George Floyd’s Character — Hours After Calling It a ‘Great Day’ for Floyd
On Friday, President Donald Trump retweeted a video from right-wing commentator Glenn Beck, which appeared to question the wisdom of calling George Floyd a “hero” — and concurring with Black GOP commentator Candace Owens, who said it “sickens me” he is being “held up as a martyr.”
— David Gura (@davidgura) June 6, 2020
This comes hours after Trump suggested that it was a “great day” for Floyd, because unemployment was slightly down.
Trump has faced criticism for how he has handled the Floyd protests, particularly the fact that he devoted the majority of time to his first major speech on the matter talking about how he would use the military to control the protesters, and only a brief amount of time talking about Floyd himself.
WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany May Have Committed Voter Fraud: Claimed Parent’s FL Address When Living in DC
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has carried the flag for President Donald Trump’s campaign against mail-in voting, delivering false warnings the process is rife with voter fraud. But McEnany herself may be guilty of the illegal act.
And so may be her boss.
“Kayleigh McEnany was living in Washington, but voted in Florida. Trump used an address he promised Palm Beach officials would not be a residence,” HuffPost reports.
In 2018, while living in Washington, D.C. – with a New Jersey driver’s license – McEnany was registered to vote in Florida, and did vote in Florida, using her parents’ Tampa address to claim residency, HuffPost reveals.
McEnany voted in both the 2018 primary and general elections in Florida using her parents’ waterfront address in Tampa as her legal residence rather than the house she and her husband bought in 2017, located a mile and half away ― all while living and working in Washington as a full-time employee of the Republican National Committee.
At the time, McEnany’s driver’s license and car registration showed an address in Edgewater, New Jersey. Those documents can only be obtained by proving residency in that state, according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission website.
Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, a fellow at the Brennan Center and a professor of election law and constitutional law at Stetson University in Florida, said: “If Florida is not really your primary residence, than it’s inappropriate for you to be registered as a voter in Florida.”
President Trump, living in Washington, D.C. voted by mail in Florida in 2019, using the address of one of his businesses in Palm Beach, “where he had promised the town government he would not live.”
CNN’s Amanda Carpenter asks the right question:
Where are they filing their taxes? DC is a lot higher than Florida, as everyone knows. https://t.co/Yez5t1oGID
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) June 5, 2020
57 Buffalo Cops Resign From Response Team to Support Suspended Officers Who Pushed Down Elderly Man
The entire Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team — a total of 57 officers — has resigned from the team in support of the two officers who pushed 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground, seriously injuring him.
They are still employed, but no longer on ERT.
According to Buffalo Police Benevolent Association president John Evans, the cops who pushed Gugino down were just following orders.
“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” Evans, said in a statement.
This is a developing story. Check WIVB4 for updates.
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