Marriage Equality USA Executive Director Brian Silva and eight other volunteers spent October 5th in Summit, New Jersey, canvassing in support of New Jersey United for Marriage (NJUM) – the campaign to win marriage in that state. This action was part of the National Equality Action Team (NEAT), MEUSA’s newest initiative to draw together winning coalitions of marriage equality supporters.
As New Jersey moves toward marriage equality, Gov. Chris Christie continues to oppose full equality for all citizens of the state. “Gov. Christie’s aggressive style will only strengthen our resolve,” says Silva. MEUSA’s NYC-ROC will be back in Northern New Jersey on Oct. 16th and 26th. According to Silva, “This was our first time canvassing in New Jersey and we had quite a positive response.”
MEUSA also is looking forward to its Philadelphia ROC hosting a similar event November 10th as part of the NEAT initiative. Bob Sullivan, Philadelphia ROC local organizer said, “We expect the same positive reaction in South Jersey. The Philadelphia ROC is getting involved because South Jersey is suburban Philadelphia and most people do as much business down the shore or across the Delaware River as they do here in Philadelphia. We’re fighting for marriage equality here in Pennsylvania and it’s important to us that our marriages be recognized whether we live, travel do, or do business in Pennsylvania, Delaware, or New Jersey. We’re going to fight for the support we need to override Gov. Christie’s veto.”
More information can be found at www.theneat.org.