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Media Advisory: GARDEN STATE EQUALITY PLANS PROTEST AGAINST HOMOPHOBIC CONGRESSMAN SCOTT GARRETT

NEW JERSEY’S LARGEST LGBT ORGANIZATION CALLS ON MEMBERS TO DIRECTLY TAKE DOWN GARRETT AND CLEANSE NEW JERSEY OF HATE

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GLEN ROCK, NJ - Garden State Equality (GSE), New Jersey’s largest organization dedicated to the rights of the LGBT community, is calling on it’s members and anyone who stands against homophobia to attend a “No Hate In Our State” rally on October 18th in Glen Rock, NJ at the Harding Plaza next to Glen Rock City Hall. The location is a highly visible choice being right next to a major commuter train station in Garrett’s district. The rally will begin at 6pm.

Late last week, the organization broke tradition by endorsing a long list of Republican Congressman while intentionally singling out Congressman Chris Smith and Scott Garrett on their repulsive voting history and blatant discrimination of LGBT people even within the Republican party.

“Smith and Garrett’s blatant discrimination towards the LGBT community, a mindset more fitting the 1950s than 2016, makes them the only incumbent New Jersey federal representatives not to be endorsed for reelection by GSE.” said Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director of GSE.

These two incumbents have a long and well documented history of bigotry and opposing the LGBT community at every turn.  Their positions not only fail to represent the people of their districts, but are a slap in the face to plain common decency and the idea of treating all people as equals.

“October 18th is about ensuring that the outdated, bigoted views of Chris Smith and Scott Garrett never shame our great state again” said Luanne Peterpaul, Garden State Equality Action Fund Chair