Three new votes for marriage in the Assembly

NJ3VotesToday, we’re three votes closer to winning the freedom to marry in New Jersey.

In a front page story profiling our campaign in today’s Times of Trenton, three members of the Assembly — Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, a Republican — signaled that they will vote for the marriage bill this year!

The Republican, freshman Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi of River Vale, who didn’t vote earlier, now says she’ll support the override effort.

For her, the deciding factor was the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act. With DOMA dead, federal agencies can grant benefits to same-sex married couples in the 13 states, plus the District of Columbia, which allow such marriages. At one stroke, the justices ended any pretense that New Jersey’s law authorizing civil unions affords the equal rights and privileges to same-sex couples to which the New Jersey Supreme Court has said they’re entitled.

On the Democratic side, the two Assembly members who weren’t available for the original vote, Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton) and Gabriela Mosquera (D-Laurel Springs), also intend to back the override, although DeAngelo said he’ll listen to constituents on both sides of the issue first.

“I’m for equal treatment,” he told me. Carol Murphy, a spokeswoman for Mosquera, said her boss “supports same-sex marriage and will vote for the override.”

Over the past few months, supporters like you have committed to moving marriage forward. You’ve shared your stories. You’ve spoken out for what you believe in. And clearly — it’s making a huge impact.

When we started this campaign, some of our critics said we couldn’t do it — they said we’d never be able to secure the votes we need to make marriage equality law. Even the Times article this morning said when considering the possibility of an override, “the conventional wisdom would say it can’t be done.”

Well, it can be done. And each day, you’re helping us prove it. New Jersey is ready for marriage equality — and today, we’re three crucial votes closer to making the freedom to marry law in New Jersey once and for all.

CLICK HERE to find out how you can help win marriage equality in New Jersey this year.