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Urgent Legislative Alert Regarding Same-Gender Marriage In NJ

agudahnj.jpgThe New Jersey State Senate Judiciary Committee has voted late Monday night by a 7-6 margin to approve the Same Gender Marriage Bill.

The Bill goes to the full Senate for a vote on Thursday. Please call your elected officials to voice your opposition to S-1967.

There several reasons to oppose this Bill.

First, the institution of marriage between one man and one woman is something that has existed from the beginning of Creation. The Jewish Religion believes a strong family unit is the bedrock of our society. To create a new norm at the expense of our beliefs, and forcing us to accept it, is wrong.

Second, the Bill does not contain sufficient Religious exemptions. Every Religious individual, institution, organization and society is at risk of being sued for Civil Rights discrimination, losing their Property Tax exemptions and facing severe penalties. The Religious liberties of any faith based individual will be at risk for failure to comply with this Bill.

Third, if the Legislature is so convinced that this is an issue that requires a new law, place it on the ballot through a State wide referendum and let the voters decide.

Please call your State Senator to voice your opposition to S-1967. Even if your Legislator is a considered to be a certain “Yes”  or “No” vote, they should still be called to let them know the will of their constituents. Below is a list of key Senators and the Orthodox communities in their district:

Senator James  Beach Democrat   – Cherry Hill  
District Office:  1916 Route 70 East, Suite 3, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003  (856) 489-3442

Senator Jennifer  Beck Republican  – Manalapan, Marlboro, Twin Rivers  
District Office:  32 Monmouth St., 3rd Floor, Red Bank, NJ 07701  (732) 933-1591

Senator Anthony R. Bucco Republican  – Morristown    
District Office:  75 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 302, 3rd Floor, Denville, NJ 07834  (973) 627-9700

Senator Barbara  Buono Democrat – East Brunswick, Edison     
District Office:  Two Lincoln Highway, Suite 401, Edison, NJ 08820  (732) 205-1372

Senator Richard J. Codey Democrat – Livingston, West Orange     
District Office:  449 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052  (973) 731-6770

Senator Nia H. Gill, Esq. Democrat  – Clifton   
District Office:  425 Bloomfield Avenue, 2nd Floor, Montclair, NJ 07042  (973) 509-0388

Senator Robert M. Gordon Democrat  – Fairlawn, Fort Lee  
District Office:  14-25 Plaza Rd., P.O. Box 398, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410  (201) 703-9779
Senator Sean T. Kean Republican  – Deal, Long Branch, West Long Branch   
District Office:  1955 Highway 34, Bldg. 2A, Wall Township, NJ 07719  (732) 974-0400

Senator Raymond J. Lesniak Democrat  – Elizabeth  
District Office:  985 Stuyvesant Ave., Union, NJ 07083  (908) 624-0880

Senator Paul A. Sarlo Democrat  – Passaic   
District Office:  207 Hackensack St., 2nd Floor, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075  (201) 804-8118

Senator Nicholas P. Scutari Democrat  – Linden   
District Office:  1514 E. Saint Georges Ave., 2nd Floor, Linden, NJ 07036  (908) 587-0404

Senator Robert W. Singer Republican  – Lakewood, Roosevelt   
District Office:  2110 W. County Line Rd., Jackson, NJ 08527  (732) 901-0702

Senator Bob  Smith Democrat  – Highland Park    
District Office:  216 Stelton Rd., Suite E-5, Piscataway, NJ 08854  (732) 752-0770

Senator Brian P. Stack Democrat  – Union City    
District Office:  5801 Palisade Ave., West New York, NJ 07093  (201) 861-5091
District Office:  301 45th St., 1st Floor, Union City, NJ 07087  (201) 558-7926

Senator Shirley K. Turner Democrat  – Lawrenceville    
District Office:  1440 Pennington Rd., Trenton, NJ 08618  (609) 530-3277

Senator Loretta  Weinberg Democrat  – Bergenfield, Englewood, Paramus, Teaneck    
District Office:  545 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ 07666  (201) 928-0100

Senator Jim  Whelan Democrat  – Atlantic City, Ventnor    
District Office:  511 Tilton Rd., Northfield, NJ 08225  (609) 383-1388

Thank you for your efforts. With Siyata Dishmaya this Bill will be defeated.

Josh Pruzansky
Agudath Israel of New Jersey

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

14 Responses

  1. This is Corzine Corruption and Spite! New York and California, with their centers of abomination lifestyles did not pass this. New Jersey has nowhere near the numbers of such a constituency in comparison. It is not democracy to ignore the will of the majority. It is unjust.

  2. Its a little funny, that while Agudah is rallying to put the brakes on this legislation, they invited Gary Schaer, the only Jewish Pro-Toeiva Assemblyman in New Jersey to speak at a Agudah convention forum. Agudah must pick which side of the aisle they would like to play on.

  3. I don’t understand why the frum world cares about this. I do not beleive in gay marriage, but nor do I approve of most of what goes on in the goyish world. Gay relationships exist either way, its accepted in the world today and there is nothing we can do about it. We live in golus, the world is a toeivah. Our only concern should be that the government allows us to fully practice yiddishkeit. As long as that is not being impeded, what business have we getting involved in their country and their laws? We live here and should be thankful we can have our own society and it can thrive here. But we are not a part of their society and shouldn’t care what they permit or deny. I say who cares? Leave it alone!

  4. “I don’t understand why the frum world cares about this.”-frumboi (NO.7)

    Dear frumboi:

    First, learn how to read. Josh Pruzansky gave you all the reasons; you just didn’t bother to read and/or understand them.

    Second, you don’t live on a secluded island. The changing mores–legitimized by Law–affect you and your family, whether you realize it or not.

  5. #7 Wake up and smell the coffee. Are your children living in a box? If it’s illegal to bar this stuff from clean children material and doctor rooms etc. how are you going to protect the kedusha of your home? how can you ensure your children won’t be affected in any way at all??

  6. Listen up “deepthinker”, the Jewish definition of the institution of marriage has NOTHING to do with American law, only Torah. They are not synonymous as it is, and a further discrepancy doesn’t change things. As far as religious exeptions, a) you know that’s not the issue here, and b) you have that problem with gays whether or not they are married, so nothing has changed.
    My main point though is that this article fails to realize that we are in golus. This is not our world. The general trend of golus is to kill and persecute the followers of Torah. That we have a place like America that gives us the freedom to live our lives as we please is something out-of-the-ordinary that we have to be thankful for. To them our lifestyle is abnormal and was illegal in most countries for most of history. Its not our place, and I feel unwise as well, to rock the boat and try legally limiting the abnormal lifestyles of others, lest they come back and do the same to us.

  7. #9 Do you live in a box??? Its already out there, with or without marriage. You can’t hide from it so deal with it, thats part of life, fighting tumah, not sweeping it under the rug.

  8. “Its not our place, and I feel unwise as well, to rock the boat and try legally limiting the abnormal lifestyles of others, lest they come back and do the same to us.” –frumboi (no. 10)


    That’s the whole point of this demonic drive for the legitimation of this Toeva lifestyle. They want to stick it down your throat at work, in school, and in your home.

    We are not imposing “our Torah lifestyle” on the Gentiles. They are, overwhelmingly, against this.

    We are merely joining the decent citizens of America in rejecting this revolution against G-D and His laws. This is a true Kiddush Hashem!

  9. #6, I don’t usually reply to those that challenge me, but I have to put my money where my mouth is. Try reading NJ 2006-2006 bill A-3451. This bill was sponsored by Mr. Schaer, enough said.

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