I shudder to think what would have happened if the civil rights gains, heroically established by courageous lawmakers in the 1960s, were instead conveniently left up to popular votes in our 50 states.
…Equal protection under the law – for race, religion, gender or sexual orientation – should not be subject to the most popular sentiments of the day. Marriage equality is not a choice. It is a legal right. I hope our leaders in Trenton will affirm and defend it.
Newark, NJ mayor CORY BOOKER, calling out governor Chris Christie for proposing that marriage equality in the Garden State be decided by referendum vs. legislation, on Jan. 24.