Monday, Apr 21, 2014 03:04 am est

NYU Reacts: Marriage equality in New Jersey

Posted on October 22, 2013 | by Kavish Harjai

Courtesy of the NYU LGBTQ Center via facebook.com

New Jersey opened the state to same-sex marriages on Oct. 21 without an appeal from Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie’s administration had initially stated it would appeal the state’s Supreme Court ruling last Friday denying the state the right to prevent marriages, but then withdrew their appeal stating it had a constitutional obligation to honor the court’s decision.

Stern freshman and New Jersey resident Revathi Mekala said she personally supports the ruling and believes it will be beneficial to her home state.

“Like any political change, same-sex marriage has had its fair share of opponents and battles, and I do not think the disputes will end anytime soon,” Mekala said. “However, working to achieve the equality that we as a nation pride ourselves in and embracing the diversity that exists in New Jersey I believe is a much-needed step in the right direction.”

Gallatin senior Joe Ehrman-Dupre, who is studying sexuality, compared the ruling in New Jersey to the struggles of same-sex couples in his home state.

“As a North Carolinian, I have been reading about couples going to county offices to try and receive marriage licenses as a form of protest against our constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, Amendment One,” Ehrman-Dupre said. “They are, of course, largely unsuccessful. So, it is always uplifting and exciting to see another state begin the process of creating an egalitarian society.”

Despite recognizing the monumental success of this New Jersey ruling, president of the NYU Queer Union Doug Keeler said the group wants the focus to switch to the other issues surrounding the LGBTQ community.

“Notwithstanding various critiques of marriage equality from people within our communities, we simply have more pressing issues to organize around, such as youth homelessness, police violence, and the deployment of ‘gay rights’ in colonial projects,” Keeler said.

Keeler clarified that Queer Union does not represent the entire NYU LGBTQ community, and other LGBTQ groups on campus may be more excited about the ruling.

Erika Kindsfather, CAS freshman, shares this sentiment.

“I’m happy regarding the passage of the same-sex ruling in New Jersey, but I also feel like marriage equality is used in politics to mask and neglect other issues affecting the LGBTQA community such as poverty, homelessness, workplace discrimination [and] unjust incarceration,” Kindsfather said.

Additional reporting by Michael Domanico. Kavish Harjai is a staff writer. Email them at news@nyunews.com.

Comments

CLOSE [x]
CLOSE [x]
CLOSE [x]
Tatiana Baez

Assistant Managing Editor | A CAS junior, Tatiana is studying journalism, environmental science and politics. She’s a bomb editor, as well as the staff’s main source of entertainment because she sings along to every song after 12 a.m. She also writes about culture, science, technology and sex, and her work has been featured in VICE, Motherboard, Elite Daily, amNewYork and others. She enjoys eating Thai food, reading fiction and binge-watching Netflix.

And in case you were wondering how great she really is — “I just can’t get enough of Tatiana” is a direct quote from her EIC at WSN only moments ago.

AS
Ann Schmidt

News Editor | Ann is a liberal studies sophomore who lived in Florence during her freshman year. She plans on double-majoring in journalism and political science and is always busy. She is constantly making lists and she loves to laugh.

 

DY
Daniel Yeom

Daniel started at the Features desk of WSN last Spring, writing restaurant reviews whilst indulging on free food and consequently getting fat. Last Fall, he was the dining editor, and he this semester he is senior editor. Daniel is in Gallatin (living the dream) studying Food & Travel Narratives, incorporating aspects of Food Studies, Journalism, and Media, Culture, and Communication. He loves food more than life itself.

Hannah Luu

Deputy Multimedia Editor | Hannah Luu is a ridiculously great Deputy Multimedia Editor. She is a sophomore from Northern California. If you think Northern California means San Francisco you might need to closely examine a map. She is passionate about NPR and being half Asian.

CLOSE [x]
  • How to join:

    The Washington Square News holds open weekly budget meetings at its office located at 838 Broadway every Sunday. All are welcome to attend, no matter your background in journalism, writing, or reporting. Specific times for meetings by desk are listed below. If you wish to talk to an editor before you attend, feel free to check out the Staff page.

    NEWS FEATURES MULTIMEDIA SPORTS ARTS OPINION
    5 P.M. 6 P.M. 6 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 7 P.M.

    Applying for an editor position: Applications for editor positions during the fall or spring semesters are available twice each academic year and can be found here when posted. Applications for the Fall 2012 semester are closed, but check back for Spring 2013. Those who wish to apply are urged to publish pieces in the newspaper and contact current editors for shadowing.

    History of the Washington Square News:

    The Washington Square News is the official daily student newspaper of New York University and serves the NYU, Greenwich Village, and East Village communities. Founded as an independent newspaper in 1973, the WSN allows its undergraduate writers and photographers to cover campus and city news and continues to grow its strong body of award-winning journalists and photographers.

  • The WSN has a circulation of about 60,000 and can be found in over a hundred purple bins distributed throughout campus. It is published Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters and online on Friday, with additional special issues published in the summer. The newspaper recently revamped its website during the Fall 2012 semester.

    Like few campus newspapers in the country, the paper is editorially and financially independent from the university and is solely responsible for selling advertisements to fund its production. The WSN, including its senior staff, is run solely by current undergraduate students and the business-division is largely student-operated as well.

    A Board of Directors comprised of alumni, NYU professors and working news media professionals serves as advisors to the paper. Board members have no control in the WSN's editorial policy or newsroom operations. Alumni of the newspaper are established and leading journalists in such news organizations as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC news, ABC news, Fox News, and USA Today.

    Next