Marriage Equality Rally at MSU on March 27, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2013
Contact: Johanna Durazzi, Undergraduate Student, LGBT Center Volunteer
Email: durazzij1@mail.montclair.edu

Hundreds Gathering at Montclair State University
to Show Support for Marriage Equality

On Wednesday, March 27, marriage equality supporters throughout New Jersey will gather at Montclair State University to express support and solidarity with those who fight for marriage equality across the country, and especially before the Supreme Court. At the Student Center Quad, supporters will rally for freedom for everyone—including our gay and lesbian family members, friends, co-workers, fellow students, faculty, and staff, and neighbors. The MSU Light to Justice Marriage Equality Rally is part of the United for Marriage: Light the Way to Justice coalition, a group of LGBT and allied organizations rallying in Washington, DC and in communities all across the country to show the broad support for marriage equality.- 

Support for marriage equality across demographics is at an all-time high. According to a March 2013 Quinnipiac poll, 54 percent of Americans support marriage equality. And a recent poll from Grove Insight found that 75 percent of Americans – including 56 percent of Republicans – view the freedom to marry the person you love as a constitutional right. 

Where & When: Wednesday March 27th, 2013

The gathering will take place at 5:30pm and will be located on the Quad in front of the Student Center at Montclair State University

Who

  • Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends of Montclair State University
  • Jeffrey Campbell, Executive Director of Hudson Pride
  • NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak who is also a Co-author of What’s Love Got to Do With It?:The Case for Same Sex Marriage
  • George Juzdan, Student Government President, Montclair State University
  • And many, many more

Why: On March 26 and 27, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two cases related to the right to marry. These two cases – which concern the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 – are fundamentally about whether gay and lesbian Americans can enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities as everyone else.

The so-called federal "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) unfairly denies federal protections—like Social Security, veterans’ benefits, health insurance and retirement savings—to committed same-sex couples who are legally married in their own states. Proposition 8 was found unconstitutional by the Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals because it violates our nation’s fundamental concepts of liberty and equal treatment under the law.

Loving, committed, same-sex couples want to marry for the same reasons as straight couples: to share their hopes and dreams, be there for one another in good times and bad, and find that special someone to grow old with.

For More Information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/506813689356656/?fref=ts

Rally for Marriage - Justice for All is a collaboration of The Anti-Violence Project, The Stonewall Inn, Lambda Legal, Empire State Pride Agenda, Marriage Equality USA, Gay Men's Health Crisis,

LGBT Community Center, GLAAD, New York State Young Democrats, Imperial Court of New York, Unitarian Universalist UN Office, Tribeca for Change, Swish, Stonewall Democrats of New York City, Queen Pride Center, NYU Law Democrats, NYC for Action, Montclair State University LGBT Center, Manhattan Young Democrats, Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Heritage of Pride, Greater NYC for Change, Equality Beyond Gender, Henrietta Hudson, East Downtown for Change, Middle Church, Dignity/New York, Democratic Leadership for the 21st century, Democracy for New York City, Democracy for America, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Camp Highlight, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Bronx LGBTQ Center, Middle Collegiate Church, the Global Gender and Sexuality Project at The New School, and AM 1600 WWRL.