Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Special Jersey Edition: We Asked a Sampling of LGBT and Straight People in the Garden State What They Thought about October's Court Ruling in Favor of Marriage Rights but Not Marriage Itself

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Special Jersey Edition: We Asked a Sampling of LGBT and Straight People in the Garden State What They Thought about October's Court Ruling in Favor of Marriage Rights but Not Marriage Itself

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MICHAEL REYNA, 24 STUDENT

"I don't think I'll be satisfied until gay marriage is reached. I think we deserve equality."

MELANIE RICCARDI, 25 STUDENT (STRAIGHT)

"I figured New York would have done it first because there's more people in New York,"

JOHN LAMPERT, 59 BRAILLE TRANSCRIBER

"I'm already in a civil union--if I can get married, all the better. I'll take the crumbs until I can get the loaf."

ALAN FOX, 47 BAR CO-OWNER

"From my point of view I'm more satisfied with civil unions. The word marriage doesn't fit my lifestyle."

SHACAZIA BROWN, 33 CUSTOMER SERVICE

"I would love to enter a marriage, If we can really do this, it will just give individuals an opportunity for hope and love."

MICHELLE COOPER, 22 ACTRESS (STRAIGHT)

"Gay couples should have just as many rights as straight couples who are married. There shouldn't be any difference."

JEFF TAYLOR, 24 SHOWBIZ MANAGER

"If you have a civil union, you're still second-class and your relationship is still considered second best. …

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