In this video press release, Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex) gives testimony before the Assembly Judiciary Committee on the marriage equality legislation she sponsored.
The "Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act" (A-1) would eliminate the civil unions that have been in place in New Jersey since 2007 but have failed to provide equal treatment to the state's same-sex couples and instead define marriage as the legally recognized union of two consenting people in a committed relationship.
It also expressly stipulates that no clergy of any religion authorized to solemnized marriage, nor any religious society, institution or organization in the state would be required to conduct any marriage in violation of their free exercise of religion.
To see comments from Assembly Deputy Speaker Wisniewski, click vimeo.com/36111542
To see comments from Assemblyman Gusciora, click vimeo.com/36374125
To see comments from Assemblyman Eustace, click vimeo.com/36483977
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