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NJSBA Recognized by Garden State Equality for Position in Support of Gay Marriage

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Section received the 2007 Visionary Award from Garden State Equality at the organization’s 2007 Legends Dinner on March 4 for the position taken by the NJSBA board of trustees in support of Assembly Bill 3685, "The Civil Marriage and Religious Protection Act." The award was presented to the NJSBA’s GLBT Rights Section in recognition of the position the association took in the fight for marriage equality in New Jersey – from the Lewis v. Harris amicus brief to the lobbying efforts against the civil unions bill and for the Civil Marriage and Religious Protection Act bill introduced by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora. Ultimately, the NJ State Legislature did not pass A3685, but instead approved A-3787, a bill permitting same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, that was signed into law by Governor Corzine on December 21, 2006.

The award was given at the 2007 Legends Dinner, a black tie event at the Maplewood Country Club with former New York Governor Mario Cuomo delivering the keynote address. State Bar GLBT At-Large Trustee Daniel Weiss presented the plaque awarded to the NJSBA to President Wayne J. Positan at the March 23, 2007 board of trustees meeting.

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