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Friday, January 08, 2010

 

NJ Marriage Equality: How The Vote Went Down

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 12:  Supporters of gay mar...

For your voting edification and your dark-humored entertainment, here's a list of the despicable state legislators in New Jersey who voted to deny fair and equal treatment to their constituents yesterday. (Last month, I posted the same for New York.) I suggest those of you in the Garden State bookmark this post for future use, especially when the 2010 elections roll around:

Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May)
Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D- Essex)
Sen. John A. Girgenti (D-Passaic
Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-Hudson) .
Sen. Fred H. Madden (D-Gloucester)
Sen. Shirley K. Turner (D-Mercer)
Sen. Robert W. Singer (R-Ocean)
Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris)
Sen. Christopher Bateman (R-Somerset)
Sen. Tom Kean Jr. (R -Union)
Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth )
Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos (R-Monmouth)
Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen)
Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Hunterdon)
Sen. Kevin J. O'Toole (R-Essex)
Sen. Philip E. Haines (R-Burlington)
Sen. Christopher J. Connors (R-Ocean)
Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (R-Morris)
Sen. Steven V. Oroho (R-Sussex)
Sen. Sean T. Kean (R-Monmouth)

Like last month's New York vote, irony abounds here...these legislators include districts with some of New Jersey's biggest gay populations, including North Bergen (Sacco), Denville (Bucco), and the coastal Red Bank-Wall Township-Asbury Park corridor (Beck, S. Kean). The question has to be asked: if Democrats are going to take our money, lie to our faces, and screw us anyway, why not elect Republicans? At least you know where those hateful bastards truly stand, and with them we might be able to work on TRUE change.

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Blogger Esther said...

Hey ModFab,

What I find infuriating (other than the votes themselves) is the smugness on the part of the "pro family, pro traditional marriage" groups that the people have spoken, the issue has been settled.

Of course it hasn't been. What happened in California and Maine and New York and New Jersey has no bearing on what's right and just and equal treatment under the law.

I just think about the parallels to the 1960s - if it had been put to a vote, how many legislatures, how many states would have voted to dismantle Jim Crow laws? None of them, of course. Did that mean the matter was settled? Of course not.

I think the effort has to switch to the courts. The whole idea of having a vote on who should get civil rights is offensive and ludicrous to begin with.

The problem is, even when the courts rule in favor of gay and lesbian couples, it's too easy through ballot initiatives to get those rulings overturned.

Unfortunately, it's too easy for demagogues to stir up fear and hatred and there aren't nearly enough courageous people in public life.

1/8/10, 11:37 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Your last question is one I've been asking myself lately, but on a national scale as well. If a Democratic president and Congress are going to give us expanded wars, more government privacy invasion, the same bellicose rhetoric that's accomplished nothing in terms of reducing the risks from terrorism, more coddling of banks while screwing citizens, then why NOT have Republicans in charge?

In 2000, there WAS a substantative difference between Bush and Gore (Lieberman notwithstanding), but I'm not sure that in the aftermath of the financial collapse there is anymore.

As you know, I never expected progressivism from Barack Obama; not from the guy who sat on his hands while Stephanie Tubbs-Jones begged for a Senator to stand up for the rights of Ohio voters who were denied the right to vote because they lived in minority neighborhoods. And since Hillary would have been no better and we know know just HOW much of a scumbag John Edwards was (mea culpa, mea culpa), it seems we were screwed either way.

The ONLY reason left to elect Democrats now is to save us from an evangelical theocracy -- and I'm not sure that these Democrats have the balls to even prevent that.

1/10/10, 7:47 AM  

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