Gay marriage supporters rally at New Jersey Statehouse

NJ StatehouseHundreds of gay marriage supporters took to the Statehouse in Trenton today as lawmakers began their first day of a lame-duck session, reports the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, rallied several hundred protesters on West State Street, directing them to take advantage of legislative committee meetings and speak with their senators.

Goldstein said their job was to “see and be seen” in T-shirts bearing the slogan, “Equality, an American Dream.”

Although the Senate Judiciary Committee did not consider a same-sex marriage bill today, the turnout was intended to inspire support among lawmakers.

State Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union), who is sponsoring the bill in the upper house, said he could feel “the compassion and love in the room” as gay residents and clergy members supporting the legislation lined the walls.

Meanwhile, the National Organization for Marriage, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization, announced a $500,000 ad campaign today against to defeat a gay marriage law in New Jersey, including radio spots, direct mailers and online advertising.

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