Clergy from Greater Morristown are planning a marriage equality rally on the Green on May 3, 2013.
“It is time for the greater Morristown community—and all of New Jersey—to come together to embrace and support same-sex couples, their children and families in the fight for marriage equality,” the Rev. Alison Miller of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship said in a statement.
Advocates for legal recognition of same-sex marriage are scheduled to march at 5:30 pm from the Hyatt Morristown to the Green, where clergy from several faiths will speak.
The state Legislature enacted a marriage equality bill in February 2012 but Gov. Christie vetoed it. Supporters of the measure have until January 2014 to override the veto.
Civil unions for same-sex couples have been legal in New Jersey since 2006, but that law falls short of guaranteeing constitutionally mandated equal rights, according to a commission that reported to the Legislature.
Friday’s protest coincides with a weekend conference of the Unitarian Universalist District of Metro New York. Representatives of 51 congregations from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania are holding their annual meeting at the Hyatt.
Clergy from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church of Morristown and Church of the Redeemer in Morristown are scheduled to participate.
The Center for Spiritual Living in Morristown also is on the roster, along with spokespersons for the Rainbow Café Coalition of Morristown and Garden State Equality.
Olympia’s Daughters are scheduled to sing. The women’s choir is named for Olympia Brown, a Universalist minister who in 1863 became the first woman ordained by a national denomination.