Garden State Equality Pledges To Withhold Donations After To’eiva Marriage Vote

frum group at trenton bill defeatedNew Jersey’s most influential To’eiva civil-rights group pledged Friday to withhold financial support from Democratic lawmakers who did not vote for the same-gender marriage bill. The lack of campaign contributions will cost future candidates hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Steven Goldstein of Teaneck, founder and director of Garden State Equality. “The To’eiva ATM is done,” Goldstein said. “In a bigger sense, the progressive [issues] ATM is done.”  The state Senate on Thursday defeated the To’eiva-marriage bill, 20-14, with three Democrats not voting: Sen. Paul Sarlo of Wood-Ridge, incoming Senate President Steve Sweeney of Gloucester County and Sen. James Beach of Camden County. Two other senators were absent; another seat is vacant.

Sarlo, who voted against the measure last month in a Judiciary Committee meeting, said he had made his opinion clear at that time, and did not need to vote again in the full house. Sweeney said that he had planned to vote yes, but only if the bill needed that final vote.

Garden State Equality has contributed $79,350 since 2005 to legislators, their political funds and political party funds, according to records maintained by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. Goldstein said individual donations from the group’s members has brought the total to $500,000.

The Senate Democratic Leadership fund, controlled by Senate President Richard J. Codey, has received the most cash from the organization, a total of $26,500. Money from that fund — soon to be under Sweeney’s control when he becomes president next week — is doled out to Democratic candidates all over the state. Star Ledger.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. wasnt goldstein wearing a yamulka? does he claim to be an orthodox jew and being openly gay at the same time i hope any orthodox shul in teneck would throw him out P.S the best bumper sticker i saw “gays dont need marriage they need Therapy”

  2. Way to go .Eqaul rights to all people.At least he’s not scared to stand up for everybody.Maybe everybody in lakewood should follow instead of finding faults in all. NOBODY IS BETTER THEN THE NEXT .

  3. #6 and everyone else who thinks this is about equal rights, they want you to think its about equal rights but its not. its about redefining the word marriage, marriage means the marriage between a man and a women, if you want to change that, then first change the word Car to mean also a truck its not fair to the truck he also wants to be a car, bbbut truck your not a car how can we call you car?!! listen Mr. car if you dont call me a car also your a discriminatory inflammatory racist!!!. This is exactly what we are dealing with we have civil Unions in N.J for god sake you already are enjoying all the same rights married couples do, what we are not going to do is change the meaning of the word marriage because doing so is not insensitive its idiodik , and just admit it already you dont want marriage anyways its just another step in the extreme leftist take over of our country and our values

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