Garden State Equality

Monmouth County SPCA Chief Resigns Amid Racist Texts AllegationsOne of New Jersey's most visible animal control officers has resigned following a lawsuit which alleges he sent racist texts.
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Drops Appeal On Same-Sex MarriageIn an email Monday morning, the governor's office said it was withdrawing its appeal because the chief justice on Friday "left no ambiguity" about the court's view.
N.J. Supreme Court Allows Gay Marriages To Begin Monday As Appeals Process ContinuesThe state's highest court ruled unanimously Friday to uphold a lower-court order that gay weddings must start Monday and to deny a delay that was sought by Gov. Chris Christie's administration.
N.J. Judge: Same-Sex Couples Must Be Allowed To MarryIn a summary judgment issued Friday, Judge Mary Jacobson says now that the federal government recognizes gay marriages, not doing so in New Jersey would violate the state constitution.
Christie Signs Ban On Gay Conversion TherapyThe governor signed the bipartisan measure barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy, along with California.
New Push On For Gay Marriage In New JerseyOn the steps of the steps of the Statehouse in Trenton, Garden State Equality's Troy Stevenson said Thursday that the time is now for gay marriage in New Jersey.
NJ Lawmakers Renew Calls For Passage On Anti-Bullying Bill In Wake Of Rice Abuse VideoSen. Frank R. Lautenberg and Rep. Rush Holt renewed calls for passage of the legislation after Rutgers University fired Mike Rice after a video showing the basketball coach verbally and physically abusing his players caused a public outcry.
With Boy Scouts Considering Shift On Allowing Gays, Some Say It's Not Enough The Boy Scouts of America is embracing its own motto of "be prepared" when it comes to changing with the times and it's opposition to gay members.
Garden State Equality Chairman: Gay Marriage Will Be Legal In N.J. SoonNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a marriage equality bill last year, but Troy Stevenson – the new chairman of Garden State Equality – emphasized that a lot has happened since then.
Activist Steven Goldstein To Give Up Helm Of New Jersey Gay Rights GroupGay rights activist Steven Goldstein is leaving his post at the helm of Garden State Equality, which he founded more than eight years ago.
New Jersey Activists Hope Supreme Court Will Rule For Gay MarriageGay rights activists in New Jersey hope the U.S. Supreme Court will establish a constitutional right to gay marriage and end a prohibition in that state.
LGBT Activists Hope Booker Will Run For N.J. GovernorThe LGBT community in New Jersey is hoping Newark Mayor Cory Booker will make a run for governor.