On December 8, 2009, following the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee's passage of a marriage equality bill on to the state Senate, Peter Shumlin wrote a letter published on New Jersey's bluejersey.com and delivered to New Jersey legislators imploring them to: "Just Do It!" [Link] His comments included:
In April of this year, supermajorities of Vermont's Senate and General Assembly voted to eliminate the discrimination against same-sex couples in our marriage laws. A majority of Democrats and a majority of Republicans in our Senate voted for the bill. For some, it was an easy vote; for others, it was a scary vote. But I can assure you that for everyone who voted for the bill, it was among the proudest acts of their careers.Freedom to Marry salutes Peter Shumlin as a Voice for Equality! See other Voices for Equality here.
The opportunity to make a difference in the central civil rights movement of this generation-to join the heroes that came before us in shaping the march to a more inclusive and just nation - only comes a once in a political lifetime. Don't let this moment pass you by. And don't be swayed by the fear-mongers. I can tell you from firsthand experience: They're wrong.
As I've begun campaigning to be Vermont's next Governor, I've traveled the state from top to bottom. I don't hear much about the marriage law; the Vermonters I've met have a lot of other things on their minds. Of those who do bring it up, nearly all are incredibly grateful. It seems most everyone has an uncle, daughter, or family friend that's gay.
If Senator Shumlin's support inspires you - get involved!
**Make your NOMINATION for a Voice for Equality today!