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Advocating the Boycott of Arkansas Over Passage of its Anti-Gay Law

Advocating the Boycott of Arkansas Over Passage of its Anti-Gay Law
BY JENNIFER SCIORTINO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – New Jersey Assembly Deputy Majority Leader Reed Gusciora and Deputy Conference Leader Tim Eustace on Friday, March 6, called for a nationwide conference and convention boycott of Arkansas following the state’s passage of legislation preventing its counties and cities from protecting the civil rights of individuals who identify as LGBT.

The Assemblymen also urged Gov. Chris Christie to join the conversation to raise awareness on the issue in light of similar anti-LGBT initiatives being introduced and advancing in other “red” legislatures around the country.

“The state constitution of Arkansas recognizes the ‘equality of all persons’ and their right to ‘pursue happiness,’ yet the legislature enacted a law that removed these constitutional protections for LGBT individuals on a local level,” said Gusciora (D-Mercer/ Hunterdon).  “Since they are effectively singled out for discrimination by the state, we are calling on all national groups to boycott holding or attending conferences and conventions in Arkansas.”

“Anti-gay initiatives such as Senate Bill 202 in Arkansas are purely discriminatory. They enable, and in fact encourage, systematic prejudice based on sexual orientation,” said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic).  “LGBT communities around the country have made encouraging advances in recent years.  We’ve achieved the right to marry in 37 states and the 2013 Supreme Court decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act paves the way to soon have that right nationwide.”

 

Is Illinois Governor Doing Chris Christie a Favor?

Is Illinois Governor Doing Chris Christie a Favor?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Hey, New Jersey is getting some notice from another state. The trouble is, it’s not in a good way.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a man who Gov. Christie campaigned for las...

Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Draws Fire

Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Draws Fire
BY CHRISTINE BRENNAN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Rankin...

Education and Confusion: Misconceptions Fuel Deep Unpopularity of Common Core

Education and Confusion: Misconceptions Fuel Deep Unpopularity of Common Core
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

As millions of students across the country prepare to take the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exam or the Smarter Balanced Asse...

Horrific Oil Train Derailment in W. Va. Raises Questions: Can it Happen Here in Jersey?

Horrific Oil Train Derailment in W. Va. Raises Questions:  Can it Happen Here in Jersey?
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Assembly Republicans Jack Ciattarelli and Holly Schepisi said Monday’s horrific train derailment of Bakken Shale oil in West Virginia heightens the call for U...

Urging House Republicans to Continue Funding Department of Homeland Security

Urging House Republicans to Continue Funding Department of Homeland Security
BY CHRISTINE BRENNAN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

LONG BRANCH – On Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 10:00am, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) will visit U.S. Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook to ur...

New Jerseyans Agree Country is Ready for a Woman in the Oval Office

New Jerseyans Agree Country is Ready for a Woman in the Oval Office
BY STEVE MANAS
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

With all signs pointing to a second presidential campaign by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 80 percent of New Jersey voters say Americans are ...

NJ Achieves Highest Increase in Nation for School Breakfast

NJ Achieves Highest Increase in Nation for School Breakfast
BY NANCY PARELLO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey achieved the greatest rise in the nation in the percent of low-income students eating breakfast at school, according to a new national report...

The N.J. Fight Against the Pilgrim Pipeline

The N.J. Fight Against the Pilgrim Pipeline
BY COLLEEN ROACHE
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – N.J. Assembly Democrats John McKeon and Mila Jasey have introduced legislation to place land access limitations on a proposal for the Pilgrim...

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