TASK FORCE FOR
1. MINUTES: Meeting of APRIL 8, 1999 A meeting of the Task Force was held at 473 Plainfield Rd., Edison at 7:30PM, with the following members present:
were absent due to conflicting schedules:
2 ED MARTONE: Ed is obviously pleased with his new positions. He is working with the NJ Corrections Coalition four days each week and with NJCRI (HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials, Social Services, and Public Polity) one day each week. Ed is excited about his first big event with NJCRI which will be June 7th.
3. EQUITY BEGINS AT HOME, March 21 & 22:. NOW and PFLAG were both well represented at the event. Elizabeth Volz, NOW President wrote the following about the event:
"Equality Begins at Home was a success. Hundreds of activists attended the rally on March 21. We unvalued our "Ask and I'll Tell Campaign" and it was one of the hottest items at the event. Thanks go to Donna Templeton and Morris County NOW. The Lobby Day on March 22 also went very well with almost one hundred activists greeting their lawmakers and discussing sexual orientation issues. NOW-NJ played a key roll in helping to organize and facilitate the Lobby Day effort.
John E. Schoen, PFLAG, Reported on the Trenton events. John had mailed in the names of 18 people who have signed to authorize the use of their names in support of Same-Sex Marriage. John enjoyed the event and thought a good bit of work had been accomplished.
Our thanks to Charley Lanigan for helping make the postcards and for delivering them to Trenton. A copy of the Trenton Times article of Mar. 23rd re EBAH is attached.
4. RELIGIOUS CONCERNS: There has been an increase in post cards received in the mail since the Unitarian letter was mailed, however we have received only one statement stating support for the Marriage Resolution. That statement came from the Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Wayne, NJ. John S. stated he would follow up with the others.
Promises is having a special meeting on Wednesday, April 21st. The Rev. Janie Spahr will be here to discuss the future of Promises' ministry in Central NJ. Janie is a Lesbian Evangelist and Director of That All May Freely Serve, a ministry of the Downtown United Presbyterian Church of Rochester, NY. She has been working with Presbyterian groups across the country to build ministries of outreach for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered communities. She has agreed to advise Promises as they further their mission to advocate for an inclusive church, and create safe places for fellowship. The meeting will be held at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, New & Kirkpatrick Sts., New Brunswick, Wed. April 21, 1999 at 6:30PM.
Friends: John C. reported that he had been unable to locate anyone to coordinate the effort in support of SSM with the Friends meetings, churches and worship groups in NJ so that he had ordered the Friends Directory and is going to start contacting each of them. Anyone interested in working with any other religious groups should contact the Task Force as there is a lot to be done - and a lot of support out there we need to have working with us.
5. Domestic Partner Benefits: There was a discussion about DP Benefits legislation and it was determined that the only thing we needed to do at this point was adding the statement we have mentioned adding to the post cards. This has been done and the new cards can be ordered from the Task Force at the above address or phone number.
6. Union County Committee Against Hate: George DeCarlo briefed the group on the forum to be held in Union County on April 28th. Last years forum was basically a single issue session and George had contact with the presenters and thought progress had been made so he was surprised when this years program did not indicate any improvement. He has contacted the organizers and Assemblyman Alan M. Augustine and has been assured he, and sexual orientation, will be included this year. We are looking forward to a report from George at our next meeting.
8. The Next Meeting of the Task Force for Same-Sex Marriage will be Monday, 7:30PM, May 24th, 1999 at 473 Plainfield Road, Edison. 732 744-1367
Minutes by Richard J. Harrison & John C. Campbell
NOTE: There are now 20 typed pages of people who have authorized the use of their names in support of Same-Sex Marriage, Check it out on the website:
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Times, Mar. 23,'99-- About 70 gays, lesbians and their allies sought out
legislators at the State House yesterday to push for domestic partnership
benefits and other issues.
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